Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

TREEmendous Extreme Tree Houses
This exhibition of non-traditional tree houses at the Missouri Botanic Garden from April 30 to August 21, 2011 is the result of a juried competition in celebration of the United Nations International Year of Forests. The tree houses will showcase local talent and show the public the importance of forests and trees in our lives. Open to the public with general admission to the Garden. For more information, go to

Favorite or New Plant

Jostaberry is not a new plant, but it certainly isn't grown widely yet simply because it hasn't had marketing in the Midwest. It is a type of currant with a taste between black currant and a gooseberry. The glossy black berries are rich and pungent and make fantastic wine or jelly. The fruits arehigh in vitamin C. Best of all, the cold-hardy plants thrive in almost any kind of soil and will begin fruiting fairly heavily during the second year. It is self-pollinated, meaning you can get a heavy fruit crop with only one plant.


Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Salvia regla 'Royal'"