Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Pink Annabelle Hydrangea

National News

The round white flower heads of the Annabelle mophead hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are a favorite of many gardeners. The flowers are produced on new growth in summer and continue to bloom...

Growing Giant Pumpkins Organically

Fall is pumpkin time in the U.S. For a particular group of people, fall is all about giant pumpkins -- the enormous fruits that you see at country fairs and on the news. The current world record...

Houseplants Give Off VOCs, Too

It is common knowledge that houseplants can help clean the air. Many houseplants remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) deemed indoor air pollutants, such as toulene and xylene. These VOCs are...

New Low Maintenance Lawn Grass Variety

The Holy Grail for many home owners is a lawn that looks great but needs little maintenance, especially mowing. Well, for homeowners in cool parts of the country, there is a new grass variety that...

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In the Garden


I was riding my local bike trail the other day and saw two people walking and tasting berries all along the way. I admire anyone who is willing to try wild foods, but it is extremely important that you know what you are tasting before taking a chance....
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Web Finds

U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine This list is by no means exhaustive, but the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive...

Favorite or New Plant

Lemon Queen Sunflower Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' is a stately perennial sunflower reaching six to seven feet. The stalks...
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Regional Reminders

  • Let Amaryllis Go Dormant
  • Prepare for Lady Beetle Invasion
  • Apples are Ripe
  • Plant Pansies
  • Don't Move Firewood

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