COLUMN: TEN THINGS TO DO
Have those dreaded red beetles devoured your loveliest lilies? Well, you don't have to go lilyless any longer. But the lily leaf beetle infestation that has plagued the Northeast in recent years does call for replacing your lost ones with lilies less appetizing to the voracious bugs. To that end, plant expert David Chase will give a talk on beetle resistant varieties of lilies at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston.
The lecture is part of the 50th annual Lily Show, presented by the New England Lily Society Saturday and Sunday at Tower Hill. Visitors will find new hybrids and may discover a favorite variety among the fragrant display. Some of the many varieties of lilies represented include Asiatic, Canadense, Longiflorum, Trumpet Lily, and hybrid American species. At 2 p.m. Sunday master gardener Melissa Pace will give a talk on preparing soil for lilies.
The Lily Show and lectures are free with admission to Tower Hill, which is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for youth ages 6 to 18; members and children younger than 6 are admitted free. Call (508) 869-6111 for information or directions, or sign on to www.towerhillbg.org.