February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red-Flowering Rudbeckia

National News

Rudbeckia, or black-eyed Susans, are native American wildflowers that have recently gone through a breeding revolution. There are many new selections of this tough, easy-to-grow perennial that...

Online Tool Helps Calculate Carbon Sequestration of Trees

Much of the talk about reducing the effects of global warming has revolved around the amount of carbon dioxide that gets emitted into the atmosphere. One way to reduce CO2 emissions to plant more...

Plants Help People in Hospitals Heal Faster

All gardeners know that plants -- and flowers in particular -- can bring a smile to someone's face. But can flowers be used to help people recover from illnesses? Researchers at Kansas State...

New Sweet Corn with Purple Cob

Nothing is more rewarding than munching on sweet corn harvested fresh from your garden. There are lots of sweet corn types available, from old heirlooms to supersweet varieties. Recently breeders...

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In the Garden


"Good Plants" a la guru Richard Lighty

Much as we love the process of gardening, we also appreciate shortcuts from the experts. Recently Dr. Richard W. Lighty, founding Director of Mt. Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora, talked "Good Plants: 70 Years of Hopes, Failures, and...
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Web Finds

Discover Dairy Welcome to Discover Dairy , an engaging, interactive, cross-curricular, multi-leveled lesson...

Shows & Events

The Philadelphia Flower Show, March 1-8 Enjoy an early spring into la dolce vita -- the sweet life -- in "Bella Italia" at this year's...
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Regional Reminders

  • Enjoy Valentine's Day Plants Aplenty
  • Talk About, Search Out, and Support VeriFlora-certified Cut Flowers
  • Think Twice About Tossing Commercial Cut Flowers in the Compost
  • Volunteer for Behind-The-Scenes Horticultural Excitement
  • Consider Joining a Local CSA

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