Middle South

January, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
Visit the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA) Web site to find botanical gardens and other horticultural treasures near you, or to visit while you are on vacation. Click on "Public Gardens" in the left navigation bar, then search by state or by special features. The search results conveniently link directly to the member gardens. The AABGA is the association for North American public gardens.

Clever Gardening Technique

Early-Spring Cleanup
The current spell of warm, sunny weather has provided a good opportunity to do some early-spring cleanup. I spent the weekend raking out perennial beds, trimming back dead foliage, removing annuals, and spreading a new layer of mulch. The gardens look so much tidier now. I even planted some forgotten daffodil bulbs.

With high temperatures in the 60s and 70s, it's hard to believe that forecasters are predicting a hard winter, but we still have months before the "real" spring arrives. If you decide to do your own late-winter cleanup, take care not to tread on perennial plant crowns, and be sure to compost the trimmings so you can return the nutrients to the soil.

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