Northern & Central Midwest
Great Lakes Radio Consortium
The Great Lakes Radio Consortium is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in the Great Lakes region. They broadcast news from more than 140 stations in 20 states, and their Web site contains the features from radio broadcasts. A "must" for anyone interested in preserving our Great Lakes and the adjacent lands.
Favorite or New Plant
Japanese Painted Fern
The Perennial Plant Association named Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. This lovely plant with silvery fronds is one of the showiest ferns for partial to full-shade gardens. It's a lovely companion to hosta, bleeding heart, astilbe, and coral bells. Japanese painted fern needs well-drained, richly organic soil to perform its best, and it will give the best frond color in light shade. Keep the soil somewhat moist; in drought the plant goes dormant.