Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


August, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The Fascinating World of Carnivorous Plants Lecture
Few plants fascinate young and old alike more than carnivorous plants. The adaptation and ability of these 700+ plant species allows them to capture and digest insects and other small animals, which enables them to grow in nutrient poor soils. Learn about the evolution, history, ecology and physiology of the carnivorous plants of the world and how modern science is being applied to better understand them at a lecture at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Saturday, September 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Todd Brethauer, USBG Science Education Volunteer, will give hints on how to keep your carnivorous plants healthy and happy at home. Discover which carnivorous plant was a favorite of President Thomas Jefferson and which carnivorous plant was used by the surgeons in General George Washington's Revolutionary War Army. Lecture is free, but pre-registration is required. The Botanic Garden is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, in Washington, D.C. For more information or to register, go to

Web Finds

Using Organic Fungicides
Preventing and controlling powdery mildew on roses, peonies, fruit trees, and phlox is the gardener's perennial challenge. Using Organic Fungicides from Purdue University Extension clearly explains how to use sulphur, copper, horticultural oils, and bicarbonates as fungicides. It also details the pros and cons of each and lists commercial product names.


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