January, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best New Flowers

National News

Every spring, garden centers are filled with new varieties of brightly colored annual flowers. Here are some of the best new choices available for planting this year. ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’...

Organic Rules?

When does "organic" not mean "organic?" When the labels aren’t clear. The growth in the organic food industry continues to climb at about 20 percent per year. However, when shopping for organic...

New Red-Leaved Peach

Fruit trees are not usually known for their ornamental foliage, but this new dwarf peach is an eye-catcher in any yard. ‘Bonfire’ ornamental peach ( Prunus persica ‘Bonfire’) has long, thin dark...

New Environmentally Friendly Wood Treatment

Wood pressure-treated with CCA has been pulled from the market for its leaching of toxic chemicals into the environment. Substitutes such as recycled plastic wood and wood pressure-treated with...

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In the Garden


Winter Pruning

In the forest, trees and shrubs lose branches naturally. Diseased and insect-ridden branches break and drop. Low or crowded branches lacking sufficient sunlight to justify leaf production die and break off. We see large pines with tall, dense canopies...
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Shows & Events

Winter Shrubs and Conservatory Magic On Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m., author Mike Buffin will speak about Winter Flowering Shrubs and...


Pruning For pruning guidance, I rely on my dog-eared, 1997 softcover edition of The Pruning Book , by...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Dead, Damaged, and Dying Branches
  • Prune Dormant Woodies
  • Prune Summer-Flowering Shrubs
  • Take Care When Pruning Spring-Flowering Shrubs
  • Spread Mulch

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