Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

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National News

Coneflowers ( Echinacea ) have always been beautiful, easy-care additions to the perennial garden. But in the last few years breeders have given us all sorts of new choices in flower color, form...

Putting the Squeeze on Carbon Emissions

Over a year ago, PepsiCo partnered with the environmental auditing firm Carbon Trust to determine the carbon footprint of its Tropicana Pure Premium® orange juice. Much to their surprise, the...

Fighting Hunger with Corn Research

Corn is a diet staple in many parts of the developing world, including sub-Saharan Africa. But unfortunately most varieties of this vital grain are low in carotenoids, which our bodies convert to...

Pocket Gardening

Is it time to repaint, but you're having a hard time picking out a color? How about green- plants that is? Woolly Pocket Wally planters are flexible, breathable, modular gardening containers that...

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In the Garden


Conscious Spring Lawn Care

Aren't those beautiful yellow flowers in the grass phenomenal right now? Dandelions are facts of life, and there certainly doesn't seem to be a way to get rid of them completely. So, maybe it's time to think about other alternatives. Lawns are lush and...
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Shows & Events

Chicago Botanic Garden Chef Series Chicago Botanic Garden Garden Chef Series begins May 22 and runs every Saturday and Sunday at...

Favorite or New Plant

Sago Palm Sago Palm This "living fossil" has become quite a spectacular plant for Midwestern gardeners to...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch Succulent Growth
  • Prune Spring-Blooming Shrubs
  • Watch Containers for Water
  • Pinch Out Strawberry Blossoms
  • Leave Bulb Foliage

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