The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech will host a seminar, "Cabinet Cures and the Garden Gurus Who Come Up With Them," with Jeff Gillman on Thursday, June 24.

All kinds of garden gurus are out there providing advice on how to solve your gardening woes: baking soda for black spot, sugar for plant food, or eggshells to stop slugs. But which ones work and which are hooey?

Gillman will take a closer look at some popular garden remedies while answering the questions: Does it work? Why?

Gillman is an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota and the author of several books, including “The Truth About Garden Remedies, The Truth About Organic Gardening,” and “How Trees Die: The Past, Present, and Future of Our Forests.” He has appeared on the “The Martha Stewart Show” and was featured in an article by Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post: "Parsing the Hope and Hype of Organics."

The seminar will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, located at the corner of Washington Street and West Campus Drive on the Virginia Tech campus.

Tickets are $15 for Friends of the Garden members and $20 for nonmembers.

For more information, e-mail the garden's staff or call (540) 231-5970.

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