Wednesday, June 14, 2017

THE GOSSIP: America's Got Talent, gardening and Terry Tempest Williams

GARDENERS: THIS CLASS CAN HELP WIN YOUR WAR ON WEEDS - Secrest Arboretum, like gardens everywhere, has its share of weeds. And Paul Snyder, who works there as a program assistant, has seen their best and worst.

Canada thistle, common moonseed and marestail are the toughest to manage, Snyder said.

“Moonseed completely smothers everything,” he said. “Marestail has become resistant to glyphosate (a weed killer) and produces thousands of tiny seeds.

“Jumpseed and bittersweet are the sneakiest. They have a knack for blending in with other plants.”

Canada thistle, however, is the prettiest, Snyder said.

It has “wonderful flowers that smell great,” he said.

Class is July 6 in Secrest Arboretum

On July 6, participants will discover those weeds and others — and specifically how to identify and control them — in the arboretum’s Summer Weed ID Class. It’s from 8 to 10 a.m. Snyder will be the instructor.

Registration for the class is $10 for members of the Friends of Secrest Arboretum and $15 for nonmembers. Details and a link to register are at Call 330-263-3761 for more information.

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS TO OPEN 2017 ASHLAND UNIVERSITY MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING SUMMER RESIDENCY READING SERIES - Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will welcome a host of talented writers to the AU campus for its Summer Residency Program that will be held July 15-29. Evening readings and afternoon writing classes for the program will be open to the public, thanks to support from the Ohio Arts Council.

The first visiting writer on this year’s schedule is Terry Tempest Williams, author of several books including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and her most recent publication, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. Williams’ reading is scheduled for Sunday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in the Ashland University Richard E. & Sandra J. Dauch College of Business & Economics Ridenour Room.  The reading will be followed by a book signing. She also will present a lecture and Q&A session on writing Monday, July 17, from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Dwight Schar College of Education Ronk Lecture Hall.

Visiting writer in fiction Rebecca Makkai is the author of the short story collection Music for Wartime, and the novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower. Makkai’s work also has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four years in a row. Makkai reads on Wednesday, July 19,  at 7 p.m. and presents her craft talk on Thursday, July 20, from 1:30-3 p.m. Both events will be in the Ronk Lecture Hall.

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