Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

August, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Perennials for the Fall Garden
This workshop will be held at the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA, on September 19. It's co-sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society. Call (508) 877-7630 for more information.

The oranges, reds, and yellows of fall foliage don't have to be the only colorful plants in your garden come September and October. Many perennial flowers will show their best colors in fall. This workshop focuses on the best plants, varieties, and designs for September and October bloom. Not only flowers will be emphasized, but colorful foliage, plant texture, and structure, as well as handsome fruits will be covererd as well.


Chickweed Pesto
Don't just curse the weeds in your garden, eat them! Use all the chickweed in your garden this time of year to make great pesto. Here's a recipe we've used for years.


2 cups packed chickweed leaves, stems, and flowers

1/4 cup fresh parsley or basil

2 cloves garlic

1 cup walnuts or pine nuts

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesian cheese


Process all ingredients in a food processor until a smooth paste is formed. Serve on pasta, rice and other dishes. Pesto will keep for days if covererd with a thin layer of olive oil and refrigerated.

Serves 4 to 6.


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