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Chicago Botanic Garden rates bellflowers

Campanula 'Sarastro' rated at the top in Chicago Botanic Garden trials. (Photo courtesy Terra Nova Nurseries)

Campanula 'Sarastro' rated at the top in Chicago Botanic Garden trials. (Photo courtesy Terra Nova Nurseries)

One of the most tempting plants at garden centers is the bellflower, which always seems to be blooming.

Bellflowers (Campanula) are long-blooming perennials or biennials. In general, the plants spread by underground rhizomes, making some of them extremely invasive, so be careful about your choices.

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Sustainability goal of urban farm project

An urban farm program has germinated in Indianapolis, and like gardens everywhere, it holds seeds of hope, sharing and knowledge.

The program is the brainchild of Matthew Jose, a North Central High School graduate who attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut for a year before dropping out to work on a farm in Massachusetts.

Once his hands got dirty, Jose, 24, just never stopped. He worked in community garden projects in New York City and Portland, Ore.,before returning to his Hoosier roots and a job with Purdue University’s Marion County Extension Office, where he’s been about a year.

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