Pacific Northwest

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

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In Search of Late Winter Color

I go on a nursery-hopping trip with my gardening buddies every year. It's a tradition and one I look forward to with great anticipation. Sometime in mid- to late-February we choose a date, load as many people as we can into someone's van or SUV, and...
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Resources

Books

Growing Hardy Orchids The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hardy Perennial Orchids (The Wild Orchid Company, 2005) will...

Clever Gardening Technique

Divide Perennials the Easy Way Dividing perennials doesn't have to be a laborious task. If you take just a little extra care...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Peas
  • Prune Fruit Tree
  • Fertilize Evergreens
  • Force Branches into Early Color
  • Feed Houseplants

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