Upper South

February, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Vegetable Garden Beauty
Considered the Cinderella of the horticultural world, the vegetable garden has typically been outshone by the flashier gardens of her floral sisters. Today, vegetable gardens are making a startling comback. "Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, traces the visual appearance of vegetable gardens across the centuries, continents, and cultures. The exhibit is at the Tulsa Garden Center until February 21, 2004. There is no admission fee. For more information, contact C. Johnson, Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 South Peoria, Tulsa, OK 74114, (918) 746-5125, or visit the Web site: http://www.tulsagardencenter.com.

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The Goods on Bugs
Invertebrates, a group that includes butterflies, bees, moths, beetles, earthworms, and spiders, may occasionally be an irritation, but for the most part they are an invaluable addition to the garden. More than a quarter of our food is the direct result of a pollinating insect. To learn more about the role gardeners can play in invertebrate conservation, visit the Web site of the Xerces Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting invertebrates. There are articles that can be viewed online, publications available for sale, a number of Web links, plus information about joining the society.

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