Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


September, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fall Horticulture Lectures, Plant Sales, and Classes Galore
Appreciate trees? Take advantage of TreeVitalize classes in southeastern Pennsylvania. Learn how to tend trees in a three-part, free training program of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension. Evenings at Cabrini College in Delaware County on Oct. 3, 10, 17; or in Chester County at the Great Valley Middle School on Oct. 18, 25, and Nov. 1. Contact Julienne Scheiffer at (610) 489-4315,; or Mindy Maslin at (215) 988-8844, The more the merrier so bring a friend.

As active gardening season ends, many public gardens and arboretums are stepping into the breech with autumn lectures, classes, and plant sales. Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland, has a Dahlia Show, Azalea Auction, Mushroom Fair, and Chrysanthemum Show slated from now through mid-October. Author Lee Reich will lecture about Native American Fruits on Fri., Sept. 29; Brookside staffer Diane Lewis will show slides of Broadleaf Evergreen Ornamentals on Oct. 20. For info, visit:


Remaking the Way We Make Things
Does the idea of a building designed like a tree -- to "purify the air, provide shade and habitat, enrich the soil, change with the seasons" -- appeal to you? How about developing a soap in consideration of the river and fish it will eventually contact? Interested in "eco-efficiency" -- doing more with less? If these concepts tantalize, you'll likely appreciate William McDonough and Michael Braungart's book, Cradle to Cradle (North Point Press, 2002; $25). McDonough, an architect and author of international renown, inspired Garden Writers Association members with his visionary keynote speech at their 2006 Symposium in late August. The crux of the paradigm he and Braungart embrace: design with intention, with consideration of "all the children for all species for all time." What a concept! Applicable to gardening ... and living, for that matter.


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