Pacific Northwest

March, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Orchids for Dummies

National News

Orchids are one of the hottest plants in the United States. They are second only to poinsettias as the most popular potted plant, and they are becoming more widely available. You can find orchids...

Colorful Asparagus Beans

Asparagus beans are the oriental version of our popular pole bean. They love warm weather, growing vigorously and producing an abundance of long, thin, crunchy beans with small seeds. They are...

Eat My Car

Toyota Motor Corporation is developing new plastic products made from natural materials to be used in building their cars. Bioplastics are biodegradable, their production doesn’t increase the...

Best Lamium for Shade

The Chicago Botanic Garden has evaluated 21 different dead nettles ( Lamium ) over the past six years to determine the best varieties in their USDA zone 5 climate. Lamium is a colorful shade or...

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In the Garden


Native Plants Herald Spring

I love walking through my garden in early spring. Native plants are always the first to awaken from their long winter's nap, showing new growth weeks before plants in my carefully planned landscape begin to stir. As new stems grow and leaves unfold, I...
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Shows & Events

Rhododendron Species Foundation Plant Sale Rhododendrons exhibit an enormous diversity of size and shape, from prostrate ground covers...


Learning About Garden Ecology Insects and Gardens , a delightful book by Eric Grissellhis (Timber Press, 2001; $30), is not a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Peas
  • Avoid Critter Damage
  • Propagate Houseplants
  • Make Your Own Rooting Hormone
  • Start Seeds

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