Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

November, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Wonderland Express
Kick off the holiday season by taking a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Outside, 750,000 white lights sparkle and welcome you to the garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through dozens of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the holiday celebration.

The exhibition will run from November 23, 2007, to January 6, 2008. It's free on Tuesdays, November 23 to December 24. For info, go to:


Growing Organic Vegetables and Herbs
Burpee's The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener; A Guide to Growing Your Garden Organically, by Karan Davis Cutler (Wiley Publishing, 1997; $34.95) is the end-all organic reference for vegetable and herb gardening. Planning, planting, seed choices, tools, problems, and organic solutions are all covered. The photos are magnificent.


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