Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Lincoln Square Garden Walk in Chicago
This is the premier garden walk in Chicago! Not only will you be able to visit over twenty beautiful gardens, but there will be a green fair in Giddings Plaza where you can obtain information about composting, recycling, gardening answers, natural gardening treatments, tree health, neighborhood space, green building materials, and environmentally-oriented organizations to help all city dwellers with practical tips for greening. Giddings Plaza; Lincoln & Giddings. 10 AM - 5:30 PM; $5. Start your visit in Gidding's Plaza where a $10 donation provides entry, a map and full details on all featured gardens.

Favorite or New Plant

Tomato Soup Coneflower
I had my doubts about a new coneflower color, but this one has taken me by storm. It really does look like a bowl of tomato soup, and pairing it with its counterpart Mac 'n' Cheese is the stuff culinary dreams are made of. The reddish flowers are velvety, just like a bowl of soup, and the blossoms are born on 2 1/2-foot stems. The center dome is rich brown, and the plants thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Like all coneflowers, this one is extremely drought tolerant -- perfect for many Midwestern gardens.


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