New England

December, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Spring into the Garden
On February 9, 2001, the Connecticut Historical Society is sponsoring "Spring into the Garden," a one day symposium of practical gardening ideas and inspiration. Learn how to design a welcoming entrance garden, get some new ideas for using annual flowers, learn where new plants come from, and get some tips and inspiration from a renowned landscape designer. February 9, 2002 Manchester Community College Manchester, Connecticut; for more information call 1-860-529-8713 or visit the Connecticut Horticultural Society Web site.

Favorite or New Plant

'Vermont Sun' Forsythia
I grew up in Connecticut, where we had huge forsythias all over the yard. I love this plant's exuberant growth and the profusion of cheery yellow flowers each spring. Unfortunately, here in northern Vermont, while the forsythia plant survives the flower buds are often killed by the extreme cold. A common sight in early spring is a forsythia shrub with flowers covering the bottom foot or two, but naked on top. The bottom flower buds were protected from the cold by snow cover, while the exposed upper buds were killed.

Fortunately, plant breeders developed a hardier variety, Forsythia mandschurica 'Vermont Sun.' The plant is considered hardy to USDA Zone 3, with flower buds hardy to Zone 4a. The plant is thriving in my back yard, and last year's flower display was spectacular!

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