Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Exotic Species Tulips

National News

Tulips are treasured flowers, yet the bulbs have a reputation for becoming less vigorous every year and hard to naturalize. For those looking for a more carefree tulip, the species or botanical...

Design Your Own Virtual Deck

Decks are popular features on more than a third of U.S. homes. They provide a place to relax, cook, entertain, and grow plants. If you're considering adding a deck, a new software program can help...

Relocate Spiders Without Harm

Gardeners know spiders are good for the garden. That knowledge doesn’t assuage some people’s fear of spiders, however, especially when they manage to enter the house. For those who want to be kind...

Global Warming May Decrease Plant Yields

Much attention has been given to the possible ways plants will respond to the warming of global temperatures. Many scientists believe that plant growth will increase. New research from the...

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In the Garden

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Elements of an English Garden

Believe it or not, it isn't necessary to travel to the English countryside to enjoy those elements of an English cottage garden that are so appealing. We can bring fundamentals of these gardens to our own Midwestern gardens quite easily. Not only can we...
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Resources

Web Finds

Water Gardening in Containers The University of Illinois Urban Extension Service has a wonderful Container Water Gardening...

Books

Landscape Design Designing the Landscape , by Tony Bertauski (Prentice Hall, 2004; $38.80) is the best reference...
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Regional Reminders

  • Keep Composting
  • Plant Deciduous Trees and Shrubs
  • Clean and Sterilize Containers
  • Lift Tender Bulbs
  • Protect Your Pond

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