Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Rocky Mountains

April, 2004
Regional Report

Books

Questions Kids Ask About Insects
Just for youngsters, budding entomologists, and bugaholics, here's a fun book with some neat facts: Do Bees Sneeze? And Other Questions Kids Ask About Insects, by James K. Wangberg (Fulcrum Publishing, 1997; $17.95). Did you know that there are more than 200 million insects for every person on earth? Learn more and discover the amazing world of insects. The author provides accurate and easy-to-understand answers with examples and some fun activities.

Favorite or New Plant

Crabapple 'Donald Wyman'
With over 400 named varieties of crabapples, it can be hard to make a choice. However, since many crabapples are susceptible to a bacterial disease known as fireblight, some varieties will do better in your landscape than others. One of my favorites is 'Donald Wyman'. It produces beautiful white and pink flowers in spring followed by small, bright red fruits. If you're into a bird-friendly garden, this is a very good choice.

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