Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Island Time at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

National News

Although enthusiasm is a job requirement when overseeing the world's largest indoor flower show, show designer Sam Lemheney practically levitates when talking about Hawaii: Islands of Aloha ....

New Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA has released the long-awaited, updated version of its hardiness zone map, giving some areas of the country new zone designations. The new 2012 map is based on temperature data from the...

Lyme Disease on the Move

A new research study by the Yale School of Public Health shows that Lyme disease is on the move. A map showing the areas of highest risk for Lyme disease infection in the U.S. is part of the study...

Changing the Rules Because of Oak Wilt

For years gardeners were counseled to paint over tree wounds and pruning cuts to seal them. This seemed like a logical course of action, like putting a bandage over a scraped knee. It wasn't until...

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In the Garden


Think Orchids for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is almost here and what could be more appropriate for your sweetie than a lovely orchid? A Lovely Moth Orchid I have a pale green moth orchid sitting on my kitchen windowsill where I enjoy it daily. It is in full bloom and has...
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Shows & Events

Chicago Flower and Garden Show The annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show is March 10-18 this year. The theme this year is "Hort...

Web Finds

My First Garden What could be more fun than gardening with kids? My First Garden from the Illinois Extension...
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Regional Reminders

  • Repot Orchid in Moss
  • Knock out those Mealybugs
  • Plan for Forcing Branches
  • Care for Valentine Flowers
  • Grow Geraniums from Seed

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