Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

September, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Bringing Birds to your Backyard
Join the staff of the Norman Bird Sanctuary at the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island for their Bringing Birds to your Backyard workshop on October 11th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. You'll learn about bird feeders, food types, water sources, shelter boxes, and ways to attract and protect birds. There will also be information about the natural history of a variety of songbirds and birds of prey.

Call (401) 253-2707 for more information.


Squash Flower Saute
If you still have winter squash, pumpkins, or even summer squash flowering in the garden, but know there's not enough time before the first frost for them to mature, pick the flowers to make this great dip. Harvest flowers when open during the day. This dish is Italian, so be generous with the garlic and olive oil.


8-10 squash flowers, snipped just below the flower

2-3 cloves of garlic chopped

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

6-8 leaves of fresh basil chopped

1 loaf Italian bread

salt and pepper to taste


Saute the chopped garlic in the olive oil on medium heat until translucent. Wash and clean the squash flowers and add to the garlic. Add basil leaves, salt, and pepper and let cook for 5 minutes or until the blossoms are soft.

Serve with fresh Italian bread for dipping.

Serves 2


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