Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

October, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Great Maine Apple Day
Celebrate the history, flavor, and tradition of Maine apples on Sunday, October 21, at the Common Ground Education Center, located at 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity, Maine. Sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Fedco, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the event will offer educational workshops and talks on Maine's rich apple history, cider making, organic tree care, and apple art. You'll have a chance to sample rare and heirloom apple varieties. You can even bring your own mystery apple, and experts will help identify the variety. Apples and apple products, cheeses, honey, wine, baked goods, and other locally produced products will be offered for sale. Bring your own home-baked apple pie to share and enjoy the tasting that's part of the apple pie contest. The event will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm, rain or shine. Admission is $4 ($2 for MOFGA and Maine Pomological Society members). For more information, go to

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The Cary Award
If you are planting trees and shrubs this fall or planning ahead for next year's landscaping projects, check out the current and past winners of the Cary Award. Named in honor of Massachusetts plantsman Ed Cary and administered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden, the purpose of this award is to highlight plants that have demonstrated outstanding performance in New England home landscapes. Yearly selections are made by a committee of horticulturists from across the region. This year's award winners, both rated to Zone 4, are the hardy and disease resistant cultivars of the Knockout Rose and drought-tolerant Adam's Needle (Yucca filamentosa) with its lance-shaped leaves and tall spikes of pendant white flowers in June and July. The Cary Award also lists the trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers chosen since the program was first instituted 15 years ago.


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