Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


April, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Big Bugs, Wine-Tasting, and Iris Gazing
Opening for its 70th season, Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road, in Hershey, PA, has a busy calendar. From May 1 to July 31, David Rogers' BIG BUGS will be on display -- 10 giant, wooden "Big Bugs," including a 7-foot assassin bug and 1,200-pound praying mantis. The Butterfly House featuring 300 winged beauties opens on May 27. For details, visit:

May 1 brings an evening of Wine Tasting with Jean-Luc Columbo, winemaker in France's Rhone Valley, to the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA. Columbo will share his wines and visions on modern winemaking. For tickets and information, call (215) 247-5777 ext. 125 or 156, or visit:

On Sat., May 13, Bordentown, New Jersey's Annual Iris Festival will include colorful floral competitions and displays, music, art works, and local restaurant specialties. For information, call (609) 298-6970, or visit:

Web Finds

Brent and Beckys Bulbs
For fun, accurate, detailed, and easy-to-understand information (and colorful photos) about all sorts of bulbs, planting bulbs with perennials, and bulb tools, see Brent and Becky's Bulbs Web site. Since I started planting bulbs in containers more than a decade ago, I've looked to Brent and Becky's helpful, professional advice, always given with the warmest smile.


Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Osteospermum"