Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Chicago Flower and Garden Show
The annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show is March 10-18 this year. The theme this year is "Hort Couture", and the show will have over 25 gardens that draw inspiration from textures and colors found in plants and fabrics. There will be garden gourmet demonstrations, kids activities, a photography contest and over 100 vendors with the latest and greatest products to share. Tickets are available on-line or at the door, and the show is open Monday-Saturday, 10-8 and Sunday 10-6. More information is available at

Web Finds

My First Garden
What could be more fun than gardening with kids? My First Garden from the Illinois Extension has all the information you and the kids will need to get started. There's a checklist that can be print out as a PDF to help you figure out exactly what you will need for the garden and how to figure planting dates, a journal to use, and information about hardiness zones, tools, and everything else you might need.


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