Northern & Central Midwest

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

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Fall in Love With a Blooming Tree

This extended spring we've been having in the Midwest makes it hard not to fall in love with all the blooming trees that are in their glory right now. In my area, the warmth has been followed by an extended cool spell which has made the blossoms last a...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Missouri Botanical Garden Herb Days If you truly love herbs or are looking for a little information and tasting, check out Missouri...

Favorite or New Plant

Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry' Even the name will make you drool. I've never been a great fan of annual periwinkle, mostly...
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Regional Reminders

  • Vacuum Indoor Pests
  • Celebrate Arbor Day
  • Grow Your Vegetables Up
  • Core Aerate Your Lawn
  • Plant Easter Lily Outside

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