The Richmond Register

October 10, 2012

2012 Farm-City Banquet is Nov. 12

By Amanda Sears
Extension Agent

RICHMOND — The 2012 Farm-City Banquet is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.

Phillip Seyfrit, director Madison County Historical Properties will speak about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond. The 1862 Battle of Richmond was the second largest Civil War battle fought in . This overwhelming Confederate victory nearly won Kentucky for the boys in gray.

Food will be provided by Uptown Catering of Berea.

Tickets ($10 per person) will be on sale through Nov. 8, and may be purchased at several locations: Chambers of Commerce in Richmond and Berea, Madison County Conservation District Office, all Madison County Farm Bureau offices, Madison County Extension Center, and Richmond Tourism.

Ticket sales will stop at 200, so get your ticket early! Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Plant a Moon Garden

A flower garden consisting of night-blooming plants can also add a whole different dimension to your garden. The key color here is white. White glows in the moonlight. And there are several varieties of plants which bloom exclusively at night, or whose flowers may be open during the day but do not release their scent until the evening.

Evening Primrose — These soft-scented flowers have four satiny heart-shaped petals that come together forming 2-inch open cups with frilly long stamens. When they open in the evening, the blossoms are a soft clear white that gradually fades into pink as the flowers mature. Their luscious scent reminds us of a cross between honeysuckle and lemon custard. The flowers open every evening throughout summer until first frost.

Sweet-scented Nicotiana — These nicotianas (yes, that is the tobacco plant) have creamy-white tubular flowers borne in graceful sprays on softly draping branches. The 2 to 3 inch trumpet-shaped blossoms are closed in the daytime but in the late afternoon and evening they fill the air with a jasmine-like scent.

Four o’Clocks — In late afternoon, Mirabilis jalapa’s two-inch trumpet-shaped flowers unfurl, releasing a rich jasmine-like perfume. These plants, with blooms in pink, rose, white, orange, and yellow, are very easy to grow and fast growing.

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