Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

July, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Celebrating Stone in the Garden
If you agree that a garden without rocks is hardly a garden, make time to visit "Rock On!" at the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts, an exhibition of stone works of art by New England sculptors set amidst 35 acres of native plantings. "Romancing the Stone" night on August 12 includes a gourmet dinner, live music, and a moonlit sculpture walk. Reserve a spot by calling (508) 877-7630, ext. 3601. The exhibit is open daily, 9 to 5, until October 15th. For more info, visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Cutting Roses for the Table
Whereas most flowers are best cut in the morning, roses will hold up longer in a vase if they are cut after midafternoon, when they have the most food reserves. Take a container of water into the garden, cut flowers that are only about 1/3 to 1/2 open, and immediately plunge them in water. When you get back inside, recut the stems at a diagonal, add some floral preservative to the water (or a squeeze of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar) and keep them in a cool place for a couple of hours to help condition them.


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