Middle South

July, 2006
Regional Report

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Visit Monticello
Thomas Jefferson said, "The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture," and his gardens at Monticello were a testament to this belief. The gardens were Jefferson's botanic laboratory, where he collected ornamental and useful plants from around the world, including flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Plan a visit to these famous gardens this summer. Learn more about the gardens and special events at: http://www.monticello.org. Or, if you can't make the trip, tour the gardens via the award-winning Monticello Explorer, a multimedia tour of the house and gardens. There's a link to the Explorer on the home page; be aware that it contains large files that can be slow to download, but it's worth it.

Web Finds

Resources for Landscaping for Energy Conservation
The Virginia Cooperative Extension's Conserving Energy with Landscaping Web page provides a nice overview of things to consider when choosing and siting landscape plants. The Trees and Shrubs section of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension publications page has links to plant lists that provide recommendations based on desired size and environmental conditions.

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