Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

August, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Heirloom Garden Show
On Sunday, August 28, 2005, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Garfield Farm Museum near Geneva, Illinois, west of Chicago, will host the 16th Annual Heirloom Garden Show. The show features historic varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Gardeners from the region bring, display, and offer for tasting or selling their favorite historic varieties. In addition, there will be booths on homemade wines, herbal teas, and prairie plants, as well as decorative garden features. Tours of the farm's gardens and prairies also will be offered. Garfield Farm and Inn Museum portrays a working 1840s Illinois prairie farm. The show is $6 for adults and $2 for children under 13. For more information, call the farm at (630) 585-8485, or visit:, or e-mail


Heirloom Tomatoes
In 100 Heirloom Tomatoes (Workman Publishing Company, 1999; $17.95), author Carolyn Male provides detailed descriptions of her favorite varieties of America's most popular vegetable. Each tomato variety has a color photo of fruit and foliage and detailed description, including strengths and weaknesses. The book also offers information about selecting varieties for different climates, starting seeds, transplanting, staking versus caging, fertilizing, controlling diseases and pests, saving seed, and overall care for tomatoes. Although a hundred varieties is just a fraction of the number of heirloom tomatoes available, this book gives the reader a solid background in the range of possibilities.


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