Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Coneflowers

National News

Coneflowers are well loved as wildflowers, perennial garden flowers, and medicinal herbs. Now you can add "fragrant cut flowers" to their list of assets. Echinacea 'Sunrise' and Echinacea...

Exciting New Annual Flowers

While we all love to come upon a totally new plant we've never seen before, new variations on old favorites -- such as these six new flower introductions -- can be just as tempting. 'Magellan...

New Tomato Varieties for 2005

Tomato is the king of the vegetable garden. There are hundreds of varieties available, and no matter how many you grow, there's always the temptation to try one more. Here are some of the latest...

Earthworm Castings Repel Insects

It's widely known that earthworm castings (droppings) are a great fertilizer (especially for container plants) and can suppress soil diseases. Now, research from Germany has found that not only do...

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In the Garden


Spruce Up Your Landscape

There is nothing quite as majestic as a Colorado spruce, especially when clothed in a blanket of fresh snow. But did you know there are several other spruces that are as beautiful in their own right? Colorado Blue All spruces have stiff, sharply...
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Shows & Events

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum The new 45,000-square-foot visitor center at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is now open, with...

Web Finds

The Gay Gardener Garden and be happy. This Gay Gardener Web site can help. It's full of solid information for...
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Regional Reminders

  • Note Differing Water Needs of Houseplants
  • Keep An Eye On Pots of Forced Bulbs
  • Start Annual Flowers Now
  • Start Plants for Mother's Day Gifts
  • Caring for Valentine Flowers

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