April, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Titanic Flower

National News

The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the most spectacular plants around. This native of Indonesian rain forests grows from a corm that weighs over 200 pounds. Its flower is composed...

Rhododendron of the Year

Rhododendrons and azaleas (both members of the genus Rhododendron ) have some of the loveliest blooms around, so it's not surprising that these shrubs are popular plants across the country. But...

Put Your Garden on the Map

Gardeners are usually bird lovers as well as plant enthusiasts. Now you can combine both these interests in a citizen science project that's designed to give you a deeper understanding of the...

The Strange Case of Barberry, Ticks, and Earthworms

We've all probably heard about the problems caused by invasive plant species crowding out native vegetation and altering the ecosystem. But new research has shown that at least one invasive...

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In the Garden


Where's Your Tree's Root Flare?

The handsome paperbark maple (Acer griseum) anchors Marilyn's new front garden and patio. An expensive tree with exfoliating bark, the paperbark maple is a four-season beauty. I dug down around the trunk expecting to remove four, maybe six inches...
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Web Finds

Itreetools Public Access Software April is tree month. What are your community's trees worth? The software available at itree...


Daffodils Brent and Becky Heath's Daffodils For North American Gardens (Bright Sky Press, 2001, $24.95)...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Gift Plants Frequently
  • Remove Dead Daffodil and Tulip Flowers
  • Take Photos of Bulbs in Bloom
  • Pull Weeds after Rain
  • Sow Spring Greens

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