Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Growing Roses in Cold Climates

National News

The rose is considered by many to be queen of the flower garden, but for northern gardeners especially, she also has a reputation as a demanding diva. The newly revised and updated edition of...

Open Days in the Garden

What's one of the best -- and most enjoyable -- ways to get new ideas and learn about garden design? By visiting some great gardens, of course! That's the idea behind the Garden Conservancy's Open...

Name that Bird Song

One of the delights of gardening has nothing to do with the gardening itself. It is simply the joy at being outdoors, feeling the sun on your face (or maybe some rain at times!), watching bees and...

Invasive Species Surprises

Most gardeners in the Northeast remember the drenching that Tropical Storm Irene gave the region late last summer, and her effects are still being felt, sometimes in unexpected ways. Flooding was...

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In the Garden


Soothe Your World with Water

Water is a fundamental part of nature that can be calming or energizing. It brings movement to the garden, totally different than that of swaying grasses or fluttering leaves. Whether a quiet ripple when the wind brushes across a pond or softly falling...
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Web Finds

Do It Yourself Water Garden Do It Yourself Water Garden has extensive information about building your own pond. There are...


Pond Building Guide The Complete Guide to Building Backyard Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls for Homeowners:...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch Orchids Water Needs
  • Eliminate Canada Thistles
  • Prepare for Japanese Beetles
  • Rejuvenate Hybrid Roses
  • Plant Strawberries in Pots

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