New England

February, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

New England Flower Show
There's nothing like a flower show to immerse you in the sights and smells of spring. The New England Spring Flower Show in Boston on March 13 to 21 is a huge event that's worth a visit. With nearly six acres of exhibits, there's room for big, garden installations that you can meander through. One of my favorites from years past was a rainforest complete with simulated thunder and lightning. Visit during the week, if possible, when it's less crowded. For tickets and information, visit the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Web site at: http://www.masshort.org/

Favorite or New Plant

Daphne 'Carol Mackie'
Daphnes are appreciated mostly for their fragrant flowers, and 'Carol Mackie' (Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie') has that and more going for it. Small pink flowers in spring have a heady fragrance, and they often reappear in fall. But even without flowers, the semi-evergreen shrub is worth growing for its leaves with creamy-colored edges. Plant this beauty near a walkway or a seating area where you can appreciate it close up. It typically grows about 3 feet tall and wide, but well-tended plants in rich soil can grow even larger. Sometimes 'Carol Mackie' will up and die on you without apparent cause, but it's worth growing for any length of time. Hardy to zone 4, daphnes grow best in full sun.

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