Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

May, 2009
Regional Report


My Mother's Garden
When I was a youngster, I used to ask my mom every evening, just before bed, "What should I dream about?" Almost invariably, she replied, "Flowers." My Mother's Garden (Chamberlain Bros., 2005) is a collection of essays on writers' experiences with childhood gardens, including writings from Penelope Hobhouse, Dominque Browning, and Jamaica Kincaid, among others. Some of the stories are celebratory, some poignant, others humorous. Compiled as they are, they make a perfect gift for the gardening mom who has plenty of tools and gloves.

Tool or Gardening Product

Colorful Oasis Foam
One challenge with using floral foam in flower arranging is keeping the material hidden from sight. Now, that's all changed! Oasis, a well-known manufacturer of floral foam, describes its multicolored foam as "... more than just foam, it's a design accessory that adds color and impact to craft and floral projects. "

Like the old Army-green foam, this new product can be used wet or dry to accommodate both fresh and dried arrangements. And it can be sculpted to shape, cubed, or scooped. Imagine a tall, clear vase filled with lime green cubes supporting a bouquet of fuchsia zinnias. Intense!
Oasis Rainbow Foam is available in six colors: blue, lime green, fuchsia, yellow, pink, and ivory. Go wild!


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