Northern & Central Midwest

November, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Wonderland Express, Chicago Botanic Garden
From November 26, 2010 to January 2, 2011, take a magical trip to a winter wonderland exhibition of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Outside, 750,000 white lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls and through dozens of Chicago's favorite landmarks. For more information, visit www.Chicagobotanic.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Christmas Cactus 'Christmas Fantasy'
I love my Christmas cactus because it is so reliable even when I neglect it and because it has a sense of humor. It always blooms the week before Thanksgiving, so it really is a "Christmas fantasy." Give this plant moderately fertile soil, moderate moisture and good light. These plants can actually give us blossoms several times a year if planned well. To get it to set blooms, dry it out slightly and expose it to cold temperatures (as cold as 45 degrees). This causes a physiological shift and the plant will set flower buds. I simply leave mine outdoors until the temperature drops for one night, bring it indoors, and before long it blooms like crazy.

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