Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

May, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Playhouses and Forts
As you make your summer travel plans, be sure to include a visit to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, where nifty playhouses and forts will stand throughout the grounds from May 29 to October 31. The structures include a giant fish, a saw-toothed dragon, and a cozy, little, bluebird cottage, among others. You can go in all of them! Located in the Belle Meade section of Nashville, admission to the gardens is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children. Call (615) 356-8000 for more information.

Favorite or New Plant

Colorful Coleus
Lately I've been asking landscape professionals in the region about their favorite color plants, and it seems that everyone is in love with coleus. Once good only in shade, new sun-tolerant varieties make it possible to enjoy these vibrant plants any place where you can provide them with ample water. I always keep a big pot of coleus on my deck, from which I root stem-tip cuttings to slip into holes in flowerbeds. When those plants need trimming, I use the stems as filler material in cut-flower arrangements.

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