Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

January, 2014
Regional Report

Web Finds

Other than orchids, the Gesneriad family most likely offers the widest range of flowering houseplants. The best known members include African violets, gloxinias, lipstick plants, and cape primroses. One of the best overviews of this family is The Gesneriad Reference Web. This is one of those labor of love websites by an individual, in this case a gentleman named Ron Myhr. The site has at its core over 1,500 images of Gesneriad species and cultivars, along with brief descriptions. In addition, you'll find general culture information, antique prints of gesneriads, articles about gesneriads, and links to other related websites.

Shows & Events

Sustainable Landscaping Practices
This talk, to be given at 10 a.m. on January 21 at The Arboretum at the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky will include an overview of several sustainable landscaping practices, including promoting diversity with proper plant selection, conserving water and protecting soils, composting to amend soils and promote soil health, and engaging in practices that provide for human, pet, and wildlife well being. Funding for this free talk is provided by Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works and is offered in collaboration with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The Arboretum is located at 500 Alumni Drive,
Lexington, KY. For more information, go to


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