Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Build a Rain Garden

National News

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment...

A Different Lamb's Ears

When you say lamb’s ears ( Stachys byzantina ), most flower gardeners think of the perennial with silvery white, wooly foliage and purple flower spikes. However, there is another version of lamb’s...

All About Watermelons

There is nothing that says “summertime” like fresh watermelon. If you’re looking for more ways to use watermelons in recipes, as decorations, or in activities with your kids, check out the...

New False Aster

Boltonia is a flower in the aster family that blooms in late summer. A North American native, boltonia produces masses of white, pink, or violet flowers, depending on the variety. This perennial...

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In the Garden


An adjacent weed field draws all manner of wildlife

This has been an interesting year for wildlife in our landscape. For the first time since we've lived in this house, the field next to us is not being farmed. The field has been left fallow, and is now abundant with several types of thistles, sow...
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Shows & Events

Japanese Festival It's time for the Missouri Botanical Garden Japanese Festival, and this year for the first time,...

Web Finds

Herb Research Foundation The Herb Research Foundation provides science-based information on the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start a compost pile!
  • Water woodies through the fall
  • Favorite annuals can be propagated by cuttings
  • Keep up the harvest
  • Beautiful goldenrod is an asset to the garden

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