Middle South

June, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival
This summer's Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival in the resort community of Highlands, North Carolina, will be held July 7-10. The event features a tour of five gardens in the Highlands Country Club area, a flower show including arrangement, horticulture and photography divisions, a guest speaker, and other related activities. Tickets and additional information can be found at www.mountainsinbloom.com.

Books

Replacing Lawn with Food Crops
Ideas for reducing lawn space are picking up steam, and in sunny landscapes vegetable gardens are a viable and enticing alternative. Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by Heather Coburn Flores (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006, $25) encourages home and community food gardens as a means to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Though the author makes no bones about her political views and perhaps digresses a bit too often, the book provides practical information on a wide variety of interesting and pertinent topics, from easy organic gardening methods to edible weeds.

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