Coastal and Tropical South

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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Choose New and Old Plants

The world is full of plants to grow, some ancient and some quite new. The classics and newer releases deserve equal attention for space in your garden. Whither New Plants There are two basic ways that new plants are developed from venerable...
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Resources

Books

Life and Gardening At first glance, you wouldn't think that So Much Sky (Studio G, 2011), written by Karen...

Favorite or New Plant

Golden Brush Ginger Native to Borneo, golden brush ginger or Burbidgea schizocheila grows well in consistently moist...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cut and Fertilize Asparagus
  • Grow Open Pollinated Vegetables
  • Make Room for Herbs
  • Use Oil Sprays
  • Love Aphid Lions

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