Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

February, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Mini Cabbages
I love cabbage but with only one child left at home (and not much of a veggie eater, at that!), working our way through a full-size cabbage is a daunting prospect for my husband and myself. That's why I like the mini cabbage varieties 'Gonzales' (round green), 'Caraflex' (cone shaped green), 'Super Red 80' (red), and 'Alcosa' (savoy) offered by Johnny's Selected Seeds ( When these varieties are grown with close (8-12 inch) spacing between plants in rows 12-18 inches apart, they develop into 4 to 6 inch diameter heads that are perfect for making servings for two of cole slaw, braised cabbage with apples, and other delectable cabbage dishes. (For the best cabbage dish ever, dig up a copy of the now out-of-print The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas and make her Russian Vegetable Pie -- yum!)

Shows & Events

8th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium
Beginning Friday evening, April 1 and continuing on Saturday, April 2, 2011, the 8th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium will take place at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT.

The symposium kicks off Friday night with a presentation by Ellen Ogden, nationally known kitchen garden expert and cookbook author, on The Complete Kitchen Garden: The Art of Designing a Classic Potager.

On Saturday five lectures by internationally and regionally known experts are offered. Speakers include William Cullina, award-winning author and Director of Horticulture/Plant Curator for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Charlotte Albers, garden designer and owner of Paintbox Garden, a landscape design business in Shelburne, VT; Heather Poire, horticulturist and Proven Winners'
specialist; and Kerry Ann Mendez, "passionate perennialist," writer,
designer, owner of Perennially Yours. Featured topics on Saturday include Mad About Blue (great blue-flowering plants and using blue in the landscape); The Botany of Design (looking at garden design in a completely different way); Proven Winners Annuals, the Perfect Accessory for Perennial Gardens; Beyond Black-eyed Susan's and Border Phlox: Exceptional Native Perennials for Creative Gardening; and Exciting New or Underused Perennials for 2011.

Advance registration and payment is required for the symposium. Packages for one night's accommodations, gourmet breakfast and luncheon, six garden lectures, vendors and exhibit area, garden gift, door prizes, and all taxes and gratuities are $272.12 single and double $390.24 double ($195.12 per person). Two night packages
also available.

The day only registration fee for Saturday includes five garden lectures, coffee at registration, refreshment break, lunch, handouts and a garden gift is $98 per person. Day only participants may attend the Friday night lecture at no charge if their schedule permits.

For more on the agenda, speakers, and registration information visit or call (518) 885-3471.


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