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Gardening Expert to Speak at North Castle Library

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Gardening enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear Ruth Clausen, a noted garden expert and author, discuss springtime gardening tips at the North Castle Public Library Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Clausen, who was born in Britain and lives in Thornwood, has "devoted 50 years to gardening on both sides of the Atlantic.”

She was the horticulture editor of Country Living Gardener magazine, has written gardening books including “50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants” and has taught horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden.

On Wednesday Clausen plans to discuss early to mid spring tasks gardeners should follow to assure healthy blooms. She suggests gardeners remove evergreen branches that were put down in fall as insulation as soon as the ground isn't frozen. Next, gardeners should cut back perennials from last year.

"Then gardeners should make decisions about what they want to grow this year," Clausen said. "They might want to try mountain phlox, arabis, bleeding hearts and ferns."

She advises new gardeners to make plans on paper and visit local nurseries and botanical gardens for ideas. Clausen added that gardening is a good field to work in.

"It's flexible enough to raise kids. My mother and grandmother were great gardeners. It sticks with you,” Clausen said.

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