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Ornamental grass trials open house in South Thomaston

Posted Aug. 20, 2013, at 5:12 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:46 p.m.

Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 1, 2013; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Home of Hammon Buck, 17 Elm St., South Thomaston, Maine

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Website: plants-unlimited.com

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — Hammon Buck, owner of Plants Unlimited, will open his Ornamental Grass Trials and Collection from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, at his residence at 17 Elm St.

Currently planted with more than 100 ornamental grasses, the gardens were begun in 2012. Although none have reached full mature size, this is a great opportunity to see many grasses in their second year of growth and see many flowering now. Generally, ornamental grasses “sleep” the first year with minimal growth, “creep” the second year as roots begin to spread and there is more pronounced top growth and “leap” the third year as they reach maturity. Currently the garden has several varieties that have reached 5 feet in height, Miscanthus gigantues which is currently over 8′ tall a swell as many low growing shade and ornamental varieties.

Buck considers grasses an easy plant to grow. They don’t need fertilizer, generally have no pest or disease problems, are deer resistant and have fantastic flowers and foliage. Generally the only care is to cut them back to ground level in the spring.

Visitors will receive a list of current grasses and Hammon Buck will be on hand to answer your questions. Buck will also offer more than 25 varieties to purchase.

The Grass Trials are located at 17 Elm St., Route 73, in South Thomaston directly across from the Weaskeag Inn and adjacent to the Library and Historical Society. Please park at the Library or Town Landing parking lots only. Do not use the Keag Store or  Inn parking.

For additional information about the Grass Trials, see www.plants-unlimited.com.

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