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Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2005
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American Community Gardening Association
The American Community Gardening Association is a good resource for anyone interested in starting a community garden and can help you find a community gardening project in your area. You can join and network with people around the country.

Favorite or New Plant

Few flowers provide the opportunity for interaction as colorful snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus). Children are fascinated as they play with the blossoms, pushing the "dragon jaws" open and then allowing the jaws to snap shut. Snapdragons are old-fashioned favorites and easy to grow, either from seed or from young transplants. Spikes loaded with flowers in a variety of colors are useful as edging and bedding. These flowers are excellent cut flowers and should be planted in the cutting garden. Position taller varieties toward the middle to back of a border and the smaller snapdragons at the front of beds. The dwarf and intermediate types do not require staking. Some cultivars produce double flowers, such as the 'Butterfly Series'. Some of the dwarf kinds, such as 'Floral Carpet' and 'Tahiti', are excellent for containers and windowboxes.


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