Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Morton Arboretum's New Maze Garden
Opening May 21, Morton Arboretum's new Maze Garden has 2,400 yews, 7 hidden plant rooms, a half mile of twists and turns, and a 12-foot-high lookout tower. Come enjoy solving the puzzle, stargazing at night, or having tea with Alice and the Madhatter in the Maze.

The Arboretum is located at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532-1293. For more information, call (630) 968-0074, or visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Perennial Supports From Tomato Cages
Tall, cone-shaped tomato cages can be cut in half to make one large and one small perennial cage. Then cut landscape fencing with 1- to 2-inch openings to fit the top of each ring and bend it in place. This gives you full support for perennial shoots to grow through and rest on. The smaller cages are excellent supports for eggplants and bell peppers.


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