Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


April, 2011
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Japanese Farmer's Knife
The all-purpose, steel-bladed Japanese Farmer's (Hori Hori) knife is one of my top five tools. I like the feel of its hardwood handle pushing through to divide clumps of liriope, hosta, or Siberian iris. It's helpful for digging small planting holes, moving gravel to make way for bulbs, popping out a cluster of hellebore seedlings, and more. Mine is from Lee Valley and came with a sheath for the 12-inch stainless steel blade. Prices range from $26-$30.

Shows & Events

Plant Stewardship Index Training
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve (BHWP) is holding Plant Stewardship Index (PSI) training in May, June, and September. BHWP makes available a free floristic quality assessment tool to survey and assess native plant populations. Stewards of public and private lands use this for properties they protect and manage. Training includes an Introductory series and Plant Stewardship Index Field Training. Attendees will receive a full copy of the BHWP Coefficient of Conservatism Dataset for New Jersey and Piedmont Pennsylvania. For times, cost, and to register, see


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