August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Butterfly-Attracting, Disease-Resistant Phlox

National News

Midsummer is tall phlox ( Phlox paniculata and P. maculata ) season in the perennial garden. Phlox is known for its beautiful flowers this time of year, but powdery mildew often ruins the show....

Save the Ash Tree

There is a growing concern about native ash trees across the country. The emerald ash borer (EAB) insect has set up home in communities in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Eastern Canada...

Elderberry Pruning Trials

Elderberry bushes are gaining in popularity. This native shrub is easy to grow and is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions, including wet areas. It features attractive white flowers and...

National Community Gardening Week

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has named August 23-29, 2009, National Community Gardening Week. As an ongoing commitment to encourage community gardening, the USDA is installing “People’s...

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In the Garden


Playground of Branches and Trunks

"Let me take your picture," urged mothers and dads, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. "Hold still. Look at the camera," adults called to their kids -- among dozens of children climbing on, swinging from, toddling through Totally Terrific...
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Favorite or New Plant

Razzle Dazzle Dwarf Crapemyrtles Like crapemyrtles but don't have space for a 15- to 25-foot tree? Razzle Dazzle dwarfs at 2 to 5...

Web Finds

PAGrows Looking for funding for a small niche farming project, farm market, or other type of beginning,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Enjoy Pick-Your-Own Farms and Orchards
  • Re-edge Garden Beds
  • Encourage Pollinators; Get a Mason Bee House
  • Stop Pruning and Fertilizing Roses
  • Fix Leaky Hoses

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