Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

National Poinsettia Day

National News

Here's one more reason for celebration this month. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day! The date marks the anniversary of the death of Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He was...

African Sunset Petunia

If cold, wintry weather is getting you down, warm yourself up with thoughts of how striking this brilliantly hued petunia will look in your garden next spring. Petunia 'African Sunset', a 2014...

Look for Lofos

Its name may not roll as readily off your tongue as petunia, but Lophospermum (pronounced low-fo-SPUR-mum) is a name that gardeners looking for a dramatic, cascading vine for a hanging basket...

Protecting Bumblebees

The decline of honeybees due to colony collapse disorder has garnered a lot of attention in the last few years. But populations of native bees like bumblebees are also showing a downward trend....

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In the Garden

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Taking Care of Holiday Plants

This is the season when florists, greenhouses, and even grocery stores are filled with exquisite holiday plants. With a little attention to the details of their care, you can keep your holiday plants looking great for a long time. The very first thing...
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Resources

Tool or Gardening Product

Homemade Hose Guides A wonderful way to create homemade hose guides is to insert a length of rebar (whatever height...

Favorite or New Plant

Magnolia 'Yellow Lantern' This beautiful pale yellow-flowered hybrid magnolia is a magnificent focal point in the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Your Orders in Early!
  • Use Christmas Tree Branches For Mulch
  • Ease the Snow Load on Trees and Shrubs
  • Watch Out for Animal Damage to Plants
  • Cut Branches for Forcing Indoors

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