New England

May, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Mass Hort and Society Row Plant Sale
On Saturday, May 22, 2010, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society presents its annual Society Row Plant Sale at the Elm Bank Horticulture Center in Wellesley, MA. In addition to thousands of perennials for sale, there will be exhibits by 15 local plant societies, children's activities, garden tours, plant demonstrations and a Master Gardeners Help Desk. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation for parking. Members only admission is from 9am to 10am; general admission follows from 10am to 4pm. For more information, contact Art Scarpa at ascarpa@masshort.org or 781-944-5959. For directions to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Elm Bank Horticulture Center, 900 Washington St, Wellesley, MA, visit http://www.masshort.org/.

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Celebrating Wildflowers
Run by the U.S. Forest Service, Celebrating Wildflowers is dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing in our national forests and grasslands, as well as to the education of the public about the many values of native plants. Included is information on pollinators, native gardening and native plant materials, wildflower ethics and invasive plants. There is a resource section for teachers and a section of activities just for kids. I especially enjoyed the "Pollinator of the Month" page, which featured gorgeous pictures of the fritillary butterfly, along with information about its life cycle and suggestions for plants to attract it to the garden. I learned that, while the adult butterflies sip nectar from a variety of native flowers such as butterfly weed and Joe Pye weed, its caterpillars feed only on violets. What a delightful reason to plant these sweetly-scented flowers!

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