Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Three Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show
To celebrate the winter season in the Japanese tradition, the Chicago Botanic Garden highlights the Three Friends of Winter -- bamboo, pine, and plum. By enduring challenging winter weather, these "three friends" symbolize the ability to thrive amid adverse conditions. Featured bonsai will be in their dormant phase, highlighting their elegant branch structure. During the bonsai show, families can also partipate in hands-on activities as part of the Malott Japanese Garden Family Weekend. Activities include creating scrolls featuring the Three Friends of Winter and bonsai silhouette shapes by using shades of black ink in the sumi-e tradition. Learn about the symbolism of pine, plum, and bamboo, and how the scrolls are used not only decoratively but also to tell a story. The show runs from January 24-26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information go to

Favorite or New Plant

Calamondin Orange
Fill your house with the alluring scent of orange blossoms from a calamondin orange (x Citrofortunella mitis). The plant has snow-white starry flowers and both green fruit and ripe fruit on it at the same time, making it a beautiful accent plant. And if that weren't enough, Calamondin orange marmalade is the stuff dreams are made of. The tart, intensely scented and flavored little oranges are borne in profusion throughout the year. All it takes to keep the plant happy is a bright window with at least 4 hours of direct sun a day, moderately moist soil, and regular feedings. It does benefit from going outside in summer.

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