Northern & Central Midwest
Favorite or New Plant
I love the look of most palms and can't seem to resist them. Palms have long been favored as houseplants not only because of their low maintenance but also because the large fronds lend a tropical feel to the home. A favorite that I just acquired this summer is the fishtail palm (Caryota mitis).
Fishtail palms have delightfully asymmetrical leaves that look as if an errant passerby tore them irregularly at the tips. The plants produce suckers at the base, making them full and shrubby, although they are extremely slow growing. The arching fronds have leaflets their entire length and can grow to 8 feet. It definitely makes an architectural statement in my living room.
Shows & Events
Maple Syrup Walks
Learn the history and how-tos of syruping, including a visit to a sugarhouse, on self-guided or tour-guided walks at the Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio, from February 19 through March 11. There is no fee, but reservations are necessary if you want a scheduled tour.
On Saturday, February 24, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., they're offering maple syruping for 4-5 year olds. The kids will learn about making maple syrup with hands-on activities, and of course a tasting session will be included. The fee of $6 (members $5) covers one child and one adult. Reservations are a must. For more information, call (740) 323-2355 or (800) 44-DAWES.