Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

With autumn passing through our area, signifying winter’s approach, I paused to think about the plant hardiness zone map. In particular, I was remembering how those “hardy in zone 5” crepe myrtles my mother planted last year were not hardy. Wondering where the hardiness zones originated, I did some research, only to find that hardiness zones are not an exact science, are often misunderstood, and have caused caustic debate among gardeners.

View From Hickory Heights: Eat Where You Live!

By Ann R. Swanson, reprinted from the Times Observer, March 29/30 2008 Ann Swanson is a writer and popular columnist for the Times Observer.   Visit her website, for information on her books and articles. She can be contacted at When I heard a chef say we should eat where we live, I knew …