Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

October, 2005
Regional Report


Native Plants
Thoreau's Garden: Native Plants for the American Landscape, by Peter Loewer (Stackpole Books, 2002; $15.95), melds excerpts from Thoreau's writings with detailed information on more than 50 native plants. The author includes little-known facts about common plants, making it an enjoyable read on a chilly afternoon. Peter Loewer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and is the author of numerous best-selling gardening books. If you are compiling your holiday wish list, be sure to include this, or any of Loewer's books.

Shows & Events

Atlanta Botanic Garden
There's always something to see at the Atlanta Botanic Garden. For example, on Sunday, October 30, 2005, from 2 to 6 p.m., enjoy the festive Goblins in the Garden, a children's costume party. This is also the last day of the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit, which includes storytelling, crafts, and a 30' x 25' hay bale maze.

Or, if an educational seminar is more up your alley, attend the Southern Medicinal Plants, A Living Tradition symposium on Saturday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You'll learn about the identification, lore, and uses of Southern native plants, as well as enjoy an herb walk through the garden.

For more information, visit the Atlanta Botanic Garden Web site at


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