Upper South

February, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Fruit Nursery Source List
Although it's important to utilize local nurseries and garden centers as much as possible, when it comes to purchasing fruit plants, mail-order catalogs offer so many more varieties that it would be foolish to overlook them. The Web site of North American Fruit Explorers provides a list of over 65 companies with catalogs and Web sites that offer a wide variety of fruit plants, including many rare, unusual, and heirloom varieties. While at the NAFEX site, be sure to check out the Links page, which will give you hours of reading about growing fruits in the home garden.

Books

The Wildlife Gardener's Guide
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides are known for their 120 pages being filled with information that is authoritative and substantive, yet "cuts to the chase" so that the reader can quickly and easily learn about a subject. The Wildlife Gardener's Guide (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2008, $9.95) precisely fits this mold. For anyone interested in attracting wildlife to the garden, this concise guide recommends ten specific projects, including bird gardens, stopover gardens for migrating songbirds, evergreen refuges, flower borders for wildlife, container gardens for wildlife, a hummingbird garden, a butterfly garden, water for wildlife, a buffet for beneficial insects, and housing projects (details for bird, bat, and bee houses). Included are lists of native plants that are attractive to wildlife in various regions of the country, garden plans, and tips for turning your yard into a haven for birds, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects.

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