Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Woody Plants for Midwest Landscapes
If you'd like to be a better caretaker of your trees, here's workshop for you. "Woody Plants for Midwest Landscapes: What's Happening Underground?" is the topic of an upcoming symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, February 23. Experts will examine all aspects of tree growth, from pests to mulch to special conditions for growing trees in city landscapes. For more info, call (847) 835-8261; or visit: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/school/symposia.php.

Favorite or New Plant

Black Lace Sambucus
Black Lace Sambucus (Sambucus nigra 'Eva') is one of those special plants that everyone has to have once they see it. This elderberry has deeply cut, lacy leaves in purple black, with huge clusters of pink blossoms. The flowers are followed by black berries that songbirds love. This lovely plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and average loamy soil. It is extremely tolerant of heat and cold and grows about 6 feet high and wide.

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