Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gorgeous Gryphon Begonia

National News

Plants that were once considered denizens of indoor windowsills are making a break and heading outside. A wide range of tender perennials are shedding their houseplant image and are being offered...

Healthful Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is good for you. This is the kind of nutritional news we need to hear more often! University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram, who specializes in studying medicinal...

Superior Shastas

Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) have long been garden favorites, valued for their cheerful white flowers that bloom for a long period. Besides the classic, yellow-eyed daisy form, there...

New Garden Books from Taunton Press

Two new gardening books from The Taunton Press, the publishers of Fine Gardening magazine, provide plenty of inspiration and good advice for both beginning and seasoned flower and food...

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In the Garden


Eat Those Flowers!

My daughter was looking carefully at a lily the other day and asked me if she could taste the nectar dripping from the center. So, I went running for the edible flower book to see if I could let her taste it. Flowers are Fun to Taste Lilies...
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Web Finds

What's Cooking in America: Edible Flowers What's Cooking in America: Edible Flowers is a great source to go to for all sorts of...


Preserving the Garden Tart and Sweet by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler (Rodale Books, 2010) will make you want summer...
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Regional Reminders

  • It's Not Too Early to Mulch
  • Use Row Covers to Prevent Pests
  • Consider a No-Mow Lawn
  • Fertilize Amaryllis
  • Check on Staked Perennials

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