Flowering Cherries

Flowering cherries While the briefness of their glory has to be acknowledged, cherries really are the hardy spring-flowering trees for temperate climate gardens. I can think of no others, apart from their close Prunus relatives and some of the magnolias that even come close to rivalling flowering... Read More

A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw

Chainsaws provide many years of service for very little upkeep. Taking the time to service your chainsaw will help ensure that your equipment will not let you down. For safety reasons, make sure you only service your chainsaw when it is fully cooled, with the spark plug disconnected. If you... Read More

Catch a Leprechaun in Your Garden

There is no mention to be found of female leprechauns in traditional Irish legend, so as to how they came to be .. your guess is as good as mine. These apparently aged, diminutive men are hard-working cobblers, turning out exquisite shoes for other sprites. If you happen across... Read More

Lifes a Beach--A Shore Theme in your Outdoor Space

Twentieth century American architect Phillip Johnson once said, "I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?" Mr. Johnson evidently didn't how to relax, but as another summer is slipping away, you can. Did you visit the beach this year? Do you wish you had? Either... Read More


Camellias Named by Linnaeus in 1735 in honour of the Jesuit priest and naturalist Georg Josef Kamel, Camellia is a genus originating mainly from China but with a range covering a large area of South East Asia. The exact number of species is not clear but it is somewhere... Read More

Kirengeshoma palmata

Kirengeshoma palmata Sometimes known as yellow waxbells, Kirengeshoma palmata is a late-flowering rhizomatous perennial up to 1.2m high with arching stems and is native to the woods and mountain lowlands of Korea and the Japanese islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. The unusual name? No, it doesn't come from an... Read More

Fuchsia procumbens

Fuchsia (named after Leonhard Fuchs, a 16th century German botanist) is a genus of over 100 species of shrubs and small trees. Although there are four New Zealand native species (colensoi, excorticata, perscandens and procumbens) and one from Tahiti, the vast bulk of the genus occurs in Central and South... Read More

Gallica Roses

Very soon stocks of new season's roses will be arriving in the garden centres, if they're not already there. Indeed, to be sure of getting the most sought after varieties it may have been necessary to put an order in some time ago. However, in their rush for... Read More

Tuberous Begonias

If you appreciate plants that have no hesitation in boldly stating their presence with huge, almost artificially perfect flowers, then tuberous begonias are for you. While some may find them rather too overstated, downright brazen even, if you like colour, and plenty of it, with subtlety an option rather than... Read More

Growing Palms

Palms Everybody recognises palm trees, they are the universal symbol for the tropics but many are hardy enough for our temperate climate gardens. Until recently New Zealand gardeners have had only a very limited range of palms to choose from. In the last five years the range has... Read More

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Yuma Sun

Pecan Grove Garden Club funds landscaping within Yuma
Yuma Sun
We also funded landscape projects at the tennis court complex, Kennedy Pool and Park, Riverside Park Outdoor Education Center, Kennedy Athletic complex, and along Avenue A near the Civic Center. Recently, we donated funds to Moody Garden's ...

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Houston Chronicle (subscription)

Garden calendar: Aug. 3-22
Houston Chronicle (subscription)
Junior Master Gardener: Learn, Grow, Eat, Go Teacher/Leader Training. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Harris County AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; contact Sheryl Nolen at 713-274-0978 or snolen@ag.tamu.edu. $30 includes lunch. Growing Great Fall ...

Victoria Advocate

Sun, shade-loving natives provide landscaping solution
Victoria Advocate
Having been involved in caring for the native plant garden at the Master Gardener Victoria Educational Gardens, I have seen firsthand, there and in my own garden, how native plants thrive when extreme conditions exist that greatly challenge the ...

Florida Today

Gardening for hummingbirds in Brevard
Florida Today
The hummingbird garden, adjacent to lakeside pollinator and bromiliad gardens, is the third of 12 demonstration areas planned at the Brevard Botanical Garden. Because the garden utilizes a 50/50 mix of Florida natives and Florida-friendly landscaping ...

Dallas Morning News

Tidy landscaping will help your home sell
Dallas Morning News
A survey by the National Association of Landscape Professionals earlier this year found that 84 percent of homebuyers said landscaping quality would influence their decision on whether to buy a home. And 71 percent agreed that having neighbors with ...

Waterbury Republican American

Landscaping, on large or small scale
Waterbury Republican American
In addition to shrubs and grasses, Riverwalk Landing gardens consist of other perennials that are Virginia natives. Seasonal color with annuals changes from time to time, but the look is always festive. For instance, last year's lime green look changed ...

Landscaping improvements can increase property value
The Southern
People wanting to have attractive landscaping should work out his or her ideas and create a plan with the help of a landscaper, he said. Those who are watching budgets or on limited incomes can consider container gardening, for instance, he said.

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Tulsa World

Learn about Master Gardener training at Tulsa orientation events
Tulsa World
An annual garden tour and bedding plant sale provide financial support for community activities. Master Gardeners produce a monthly online newsletter with timely information and reminders about gardening. Other activities include landscaping of some ...

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PR Web (press release)

Super-Sod Created a Landscape Profile on Houzz.com for Home Garden Design
PR Web (press release)
Houzz is a social media site that features home and landscape ideas via pictures and articles. The social website is a dynamic site that spreads home and home garden design ideas when members share their project pictures and save other member's ...

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Nevada County Master Gardeners offer free workshops in August
The Union of Grass Valley
16: “Boosting Beneficial Insects in the Garden with Habitats You Create” and “Landscaping Under the Oaks.” Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon: “Foothill Vegetable Gardening – How to Grow Cool-Season Vegetables in Fall, Winter and Early Spring” — Vegetable ...

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Kirengeshoma palmata

Kirengeshoma palmata Sometimes known as yellow waxbells, Kirengeshoma palmata... Read More

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Environmentally Safe Ways to Remove Weeds

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Flowering Cherries

Flowering cherries While the briefness of their... Read More

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What's a perennial garden plant that blooms in the winter?... Read More

Dream Yard

Do you ever dream about what your yard could look... Read More

Unique Flowers make a memorable gift!

Think "outside of the box" when sending your next floral... Read More

Come With Me To The Casbah!

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Budget For Your Garden

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Professional Lawn Watering Techniques - Wireless Sensors for Lawns in Drought Areas

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Want a Garden but Not Enough Room or Soil? Then Hydroponics Gardening could be for You

Hydroponics gardening is a great idea for anyone who wants... Read More