Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Annual Perennial Plant Symposium
The Chicago Botanic Garden presents its 15th Annual Perennial Plant Symposium on September 30, 2005. This event presents internationally known experts who will share insights to help you create delightful and successful perennial gardens. Professionals and avid gardeners alike will gain inspiration from alluring design ideas and exceptional perennial plant choices that complement the climate and the design of a healthy and thriving garden. Contact the Chicago Botanic Garden at 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe, IL 60022, (847) 835-8261 or visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Acidify Your Soil the Natural Way
If your water and soil are alkaline, use oak leaf tea to help acidify it. Make a tea of shredded oak leaves and water, and allow it to stand for about a week. It will be the color of dark tea. Use this to fertilize rhododendrons and blueberries that need acid soil. After the tea is used up, use the remaining leaves to mulch the plants.


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