Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


March, 2006
Regional Report

Web Finds

Formosan Termite Scare
The latest urban legend is a nationwide Internet scare about "cheap" wood mulch being contaminated with termites from Louisiana's hurricane-damaged areas. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has issued a press release assuring consumers of proper disposal techniques to limit the spread of Formosan termites. Wood from affected areas was quarantined following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Woody debris disposal from clean up and removal is being closely monitored; debris goes to an approved landfill in the designated quarantined area, according to LDAF officials.

Shows & Events

Wildflowers and Cherry Blossoms
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve will introduce tots to the joys of the outdoors in a Preschool Reading Hour on Wednesdays, April 12, May 10, and June 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. Preschoolers accompanied by adults are invited to read about critters and plants, then hike through the preserve. Children can also make a nature-themed craft to take home. Preregistration is required, and there's a fee for adults and children. For info, contact the preserve's visitor center at (215) 862-2924, or visit

Hanami is the Japanese cultural tradition of savoring the cherry blossom season -- from the first buds to the brilliant blossoms to the petals falling like pink snow. From April 8 to May 28, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will feature Mizue Sawano's cherry tree paintings; a special Japanese menu at the Terrace Cafe; and Sakura Matsuri, a two-day family festival of Japanese culture, arts, and performances. For details, visit:


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