Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

August, 2006
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

CobraHead Weeder
My new CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator just saved my walkway. Billed as a "steel fingernail," the tool helped dig out the weeds from the slim cracks in between the flagstones, and the walkway looks newly laid. Now we're on to new challenges. The CobraHead is also handy for cultivating and weeding close to established plants because the small, pointed blade (picture the head of a cobra snake) is easy to direct. The tool was developed by a Wisconsin organic gardener, who formed a company to distribute it. It sells for $24.95. To learn more and purchase the tool, visit:

Shows & Events

Garden Days at Strawbery Bank Museum
Enjoy a two-day celebration of gardens, garden history, and New England harvest traditions on September 16th & 17th at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Featured presenters include Tovah Martin (garden writer and plantswoman), Paul Tukey (Garden Communicator of the Year and host of People, Places and Plants), Tracy Kane (author), Marge Bruchac (Abenaki herbalist, author, and storyteller), Judith Sumner (botanist), Ben Watson (author and Slow Food advocate), and John Forti (garden historian and herbalist).

The garden exhibits span the centuries -- from 17th-century raised bed kitchen gardens to a Victory Garden from World War II, all faithfully restored or recreated in place. Learn how to build a fairy house, arrange flowers, plant a Wardian case with heirloom houseplants, make candy flowers, build a compost pile, and save heirloom seeds. Enjoy a weekend full of family fun for gardeners young and old.

For a full schedule of events, visit:


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