Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

February, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Annuals and Tropical Plants
Steve Foltz, horticulturist at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, has tested and evaluated hundreds of varieties of annual and tropical plants over the last few years. Hear his results and learn about those varieties that have performed best in our region at Steve's lecture at Commonwealth Bank & Trust Co., 286 N. Hubbards Lane, Crestwood, Kentucky, on February 17, a7 p.m. The cost is $10 for Yell Dell members, $15 for non-members. Sponsored by Yew Dell Gardens. For more information, visit or call (502) 241-4788.

Tool or Gardening Product

Raised garden beds have a wealth of advantages, not the least of which is that plants seem to thrive in them. Plus, they bring a sense of order to the garden. But they can be a lot of work to put together. At a recent trade show, a raised-bed system made from recycled plastic caught my eye. The "boards" were double-walled with an air space in between. Having had success with winter crops in raised beds, I thought how even more effective this insulation factor would be, plus the double wall would make them stronger than the type I'm currently using for some beds. The pieces go together easily, and their green color is attractive. Best of all, Link-A-Bord system is available from National Gardening's store ( for $99.95. Half of the 4-inch x 8-inch bed is 6 inches deep, and the other half is 12 inches deep. For more information about the Link-A-Bord system, visit


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