Annapolis Horticulture Society

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On Wednesday, May 1, please join Scott Aker as he informs us about Hydrangeas and Magnolias. Find out what is new in these two favored genera of plants from the United States National Arboretums Head of Horticulture and Education. He will talk about the floral morphology of these two genera, new developments in hybridization and old, but reliable cultivars. There will even be a sneak peak of a new shrubby magnolia that may be game changer. Scott Aker, a native of the Black Hill of western South Dakota, manages curators, technicians, educators, and horticulturists while providing oversight for some of the most notable plant collections in North America. Prior to serving in management, Mr. Aker was the horticulturist in charge of the Integrated Pest Management Program at the U.S. National Arboretum. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and his Masters Degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. Mr. Aker served for a short time with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in Howard County, MD, after completing his Masters thesis. He wrote Digging In, a weekly garden question and answer column in The Washington Post. He now writes Garden Solutions, a column in The American Gardener magazine.

We will meet at the Cape St. Claire clubhouse at 1223 River Bay Rd., Annapolis, MD.