Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

November, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Garden Gurus VIII
Make plans now to brighten those gray January days by attending the day-long celebration of gardening, January 14, 2006, at the Expo Center & Executive Inn, Paducah, Kentucky. Holly Shimizu, executive director of the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., will speak at 1 p.m. on The Fragrant Garden. Michael Weishan, host of the PBS television show, The Victory Garden, will cover The Seven Deadly Sins of the Modern American Landscape (and How to Avoid Them) at 2:30 p.m.

In addition to the these nationally known speakers, there will be a plant sale, live and silent auctions, vendors, tool and book sales, and workshops.

Garden Gurus VIII is put on by the Purchase Area Master Gardeners. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Advance tickets, $25.00; day-of-event tickets, $30. Tickets are available from Cooperative Extension offices and local nurseries and garden centers. For further information, contact Carol Ullerich, 2705 Olivet Church Road, Paducah, KY 42001; (207) 554-9520; e-mail:; or visit:

Web Finds

Forcing Bulbs at Home
Forcing flower bulbs at home is a fun and easy way to enjoy spring flowers during the winter months. Some bulbs are incredibly easy to force, making them a perfect project for kids or non-gardening friends. Getting other bulbs to bloom in midwinter is a bit more complicated. The Netherlands Flower Bulb Institute takes the guesswork out of bulb forcing with Forcing Bulbs at Home, a series of articles covering everything from chilling bulbs, getting an amaryllis to rebloom, choosing holiday bulb gifts, selecting the best bulbs for holiday blooms, and forcing hyacinths to bloom for the holidays.


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