Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Festival of the Rose
Boerner Botanical Garden in Milwaukee is having their famous Festival of the Rose, June 22-26. The Milwaukee Rose Society, as well as the Garden's own Bill Radler, who developed the infamous 'Knock Out' rose, will be hosting all sorts of presentations and features. Come enjoy food, art, gardening advice, and best of all -- the roses.

Boerner Botanical Gardens is located in Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI. For more info call (414) 525-5650, or visit: http://www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Bag Your Apples
Believe it or not, paper bags have become a favorite in my arsenal for protecting my fruit. I use small lunch bags and a stapler. When apples are about an inch in diameter, about the time they need to be thinned, I staple paper bags over each fruit. The bags keep the fruit pest-free without the need for chemical controls. Yes, the trees look kind of funny, and I only have three apple trees so it doesn't take more than a couple of hours to do. But it works! I remove the bags in late August so the apples can ripen, and I have terrific fruit.

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