Pacific Northwest

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Thornless Roses

National News

Everyone loves roses, but no one loves the thorns. Thornless rose varieties have been available since the 1960s but now there are new, improved varieties to choose from. Smooth Touch roses feature...

NGA Wins Book Award

National Gardening Association has been publishing kids gardening curriculum and activity books for more than 25 years. These books are very popular with teachers and parents and one of our most...

Broccoli Sprouts May Inhibit Ulcers

It’s been widely reported that broccoli is loaded with the chemical sulfuraphane, a known antioxidant. It’s also been found this chemical has antibiotic properties. Researchers at John Hopkins...

Unusual Edible Ornamental

Edible gardening is all the rage across the country. People are looking to grow some of their own food, but not wanting to sacrifice beauty. Here’s an unusual, international edible plant that’s...

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In the Garden

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There's a Peony for Every Garden

I think peonies are a theatrical bunch. Their foliage emerges in late spring, followed by big, fat flower buds. Then they wait, poised at the brink of performance, until the weather suits them to burst into their full glory. I wait too, in great...
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Resources

Books

Organic Gardening Basics: Lawns If you'd like to learn to grow a lawn without spending hours each week pampering it or applying...

Favorite or New Plant

Snapdragons Snapdragons ( Antirrhinum majus ) come in a several sizes from dwarf to tall, and in a range of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Combating Spittlebugs
  • Cleaning Pruning Saws
  • Well-Placed Weed Receptacles
  • Make Inexpensive Plant Markers
  • Divide Hostas

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