Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

New Rose Garden to Open at Olbrich
Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, Wisconsin, is celebrating the opening of its innovative new Rose Garden. Featuring the Midwest's finest collection of hardy shrub roses, the garden also includes traditional garden roses, perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. The grand opening will be Sunday, June 19. Or, make a reservation for Rhapsody in Bloom, a benefit gala on Saturday, June 25, to celebrate the grand opening.

Contact Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison; (608) 256-4550;

Tool or Gardening Product

Kaolin clay
Although not brand new, a product that is fast becoming the organic fruit growers' champion is kaolin clay. This clay product (commercially available as "Surround") forms a barrier film that irritates insects and disguises the fruit to keep them from infesting it. You can monitor for pests such as apple maggots by using sticky cards and then spraying as soon as you see them, or you can begin spraying the film over the whole tree before flying activity begins. It is best to apply every 7-10 days, and although this may seem frequent, it really does stop the pests in a non-chemical way. It can be applied up until harvest since it is simply fine clay that can be washed off with a brush or power sprayer.


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