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Middle South

October, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Scarecrows and More at Atlanta Botanical Garden
There's fun stuff happening at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Scarecrows in the Garden, which runs from September 30 through October 31, 2006, features 50 creative scarecrows in all shapes and sizes, and culminates in a children's costume party, Goblins in the Garden, on Sunday, October 29.

Niki in the Garden highlights the works of internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle, whose outdoor sculptures depict enormous animals, mythical figures, and more. The huge (up to 25 feet long) sculptures are decorated with mirrors, glass, and mosaics. The exhibit, which has been running since April, ends October 31, 2006.

Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden Web site ( for details.

Favorite or New Plant

Coneflower Cultivars
Coneflowers (Echinacea) are beautiful, but the plants can be tall and rangy -- ideal for an informal wildflower meadow but less at home in a more formal border. That's where the cultivars (cultivated varieties) come in. 'Ruby Star' is a beauty, growing just 2 to 3 feet tall with the classic purple-pink petals and orangey bronze centers. 'Orange Meadowbright' (salmon-orange flowers), 'Razzmatazz' (rose pink double flowers), and 'Big Sky Sunrise' (pale yellow flowers) all grow to a height of 1-1/2 to 2 feet. Give one or more of these a try in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.


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