Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

September, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Ohio Gourd Show
If you're fascinated by gourds and the many craft possibilities with them, there's no better place to go than the annual Ohio Gourd Show, held in Greenville, Ohio, September 26 and 27, 2009. Gourds, gourd art, and gourd music are featured as well as numerous gourd workshops (pre-registration required). The show is open to the public with an admission fee of $3.00 per person. Parking is free, as is admittance for children under twelve. For more information about the Gourd Show and the workshops, go to

Favorite or New Plant

Full Moon Coreopsis
Coreopsis are popular perennials because of their cheerful yellow, daisy-like flowers that bloom for much of the summer. Up until now, 'Moonbeam' has been the cultivar of choice, but now there is 'Full Moon'. In my garden his year, 'Full Moon' starting producing 3-inch flowers months ago and is still beautiful and covered in flowers. Even better, it is doing that in one of the most difficult sites in my garden, which has poor soil that is usually dry, except when it becomes flooded during rains. Ideally, though, the soil would be evenly moist and well-drained. Like other coreopsis, 'Full Moon' grows best in full sun. The only downside to 'Full Moon' is that it would be even better if surrounded in the spring by a circular plant support.


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