Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

May, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Container Gardening with Native Plants
On Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, the New England Wildflower Society and the Montshire Museum of Science will present a class on Container Gardening with Native Plants at the museum in Norwich, VT. Forget petunias and potato vines; create container plantings using native perennials adapted to the New England winters. Learn which natives are ideal for containers and how to combine them effectively. First, instructor Liz Kreig will explore design elements, container and plant selection, light and temperature requirements, growing media, irrigation, fertilization, over-wintering, and long-term maintenance. Then participants will learn to assemble and plant their own containers under the instructor's guidance. BYOC--bring your own container. The class fee includes plants, potting mix, fertilizer and mulch for your container. Fee: $50 (Member) / $55 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303. For more information, visit For directions to the Montshire Museum of Science, visit


Woody Landscape Plants
Choosing trees and shrubs for your landscape can seem like a daunting prospect. The array of choices at a nursery or garden center can be overwhelming- What will plants look like as they mature? What kind of light or soil do they need? How big will they get? What kind of care do they need? The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook by landscape designer Penelope O'Sullivan (Storey Publishing, 2007, $29.95) will help answer these questions and many more as she guides you in choosing, planting and maintaining over 350 woody landscape plants. Included are sections on designing your landscape, choosing, buying, planting and caring for landscape plants, and an extensive encyclopedia of plants with up-to-date information on cultivars, cultural information and plant problems. The numerous photos help to make this a valuable resource for both beginning and experienced gardeners.


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