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

In The News:

Dallas Morning News

Garden events: Celebrate sustainability with Dallas' West Side Farm Frolic
Dallas Morning News
EARTH-KIND LANDSCAPING: Learn how to design, plant and manage a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscape. No plant or design knowledge required for three-day course presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Friday-Sunday. 17360 Coit ...

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Trowel & Glove: Marin garden calendar for the week of Nov. 1, 2014
Marin Independent Journal
'GardenSmart' workshop: Alameda County Master Composter and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional Lori Caldwell leads "Composting 101" at 3 p.m. Nov. 1. Free. Gary Bartl of Marin Master Gardeners leads "About Succulents" at 11 a.m. Nov. 8.

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Appleton Post Crescent

100 Ways to Garden Indoors series coming in November
Appleton Post Crescent
Whether we are new to gardening or seasoned pros, many of us never have taken the time to fully enjoy and expand our passion for growing into our own homes. We'll spend unspeakable amounts of money on outdoor plants, garden art and landscaping ...

Green Prophet

Secret gardens planted by Syrian refugees in Jordan
Green Prophet
The non-profit organization Save the Children is teaching some of the camp's 800,000 refugees how to garden. The group is giving the Syrian refugees who have fled their homes during the civil war in Syria to Jordan, lessons on landscaping and gardening.


From gardening to art, homeowner makes her mark
“To hear what other people are saying about my garden, it adds an extra purpose to what I'm doing,” Bentson said about her extensive landscape designs, including a gated “secret garden” on the south side of her corner-lot property. “I never thought ...

Boca Garden Club's 'Holiday House' Nov. 14-16
Sun Sentinel
“In addition to the wonderful crafts,” added landscaping chairwoman Carol Rice, “We will be offering a huge plant sale in our club's beautiful gardens. Hundreds of healthy plants grown and cultivated by our club's own 'dirt gardeners' include herbs ...

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Great Gardening by Sally Cunningham: Plant a fairy garden
Buffalo News
Hardscape: Stretching the landscape term “hardscape” with abandon, I'm referring to whatever non-living stuff you'll use to create a garden, yard or woodland scene. Your fairy garden can have paths and walls, rivers or creeks, ponds or puddles, decks ...

In Pictures: 'When we garden, we feel happy'
In the midst of an expanse of dry land, thousands of Syrian refugees have been living in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, opened two years ago. Some have turned to gardening to help them adapt to life in the camp and bring a bit of greenery to the desert ...

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Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

The mysteries of Old Pioneer Cemetery
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Living in the same neighborhood as Reese, Doherty observed him taking care of his surroundings, including gardening a vacant lot and sweeping the street. ... That landscaping will add character and requires only rain water to survive, he said. Sheep ...


Visit the Extension Office's fall open house
Educational booths will cover xeriscaping, bee keeping, vegetable gardening, wildlife displays, Florida Friendly Landscaping, butterflies, sustainability and more. We will be hosting a plant sale on site; the plants, donated by Leon County master ...

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The Sundial - Garden Ornament or Exotic Timepiece?

Most of us regard a sundial as an attractive ornament... Read More

Closing Up Your Container Garden

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Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping

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Organic Roses in the Flower Garden

Many people believe growing their flowers and vegetables organically is... Read More

5 Most Popular Flowers for Your Garden

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How To Mow A Lawn

Although push lawn mowers are wonderful machines that do a... Read More

Fall is the Time to Get Your Garden Trees and Shrubs Ready for Winter: Heres What to Do

Tips for winter care of trees and shrubsWith the garden... Read More

Commercial and Residential Flagpoles

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Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest

As you shop around for outdoor furniture, you will notice... Read More

Want a Garden, But Don?t have Enough Dirt Or Space? Hydroponics Gardening Is The Answer!

Hydroponics gardening is the perfect solution for anybody who wants... Read More

Lawn Care Information

Recent lawn care information reports that a lot of us... Read More

Teak Furniture - The Proper Way to Care For & Clean It

Teak furniture is tropical hardwood that has a rich, golden... Read More

Roses and Juniper Rock Gardens

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How To Check If Cut Flowers Are Fresh

Fresh flowers should feel crisp or firm. Before you buy,... Read More

Fertilizing Your Water Lilies...

Unfortunately, sunlight is not enough.Your water lilies will grow, thrive,... Read More

Unique Flowers make a memorable gift!

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

Planning a Vegetable Garden

It is important when you start to plan a garden,... Read More

Hot Feeding Tips

Summer is the most enjoyable water gardening season and the... Read More

5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Cant Live Without

Gardening is fun and rewarding and may be considered a... Read More

You Say Tomato I Say Mosquito

Gathering tomatoes or other fruits of the garden might not... Read More

Herbs: Growing Your Own

The first thing you need to do when deciding to... Read More

Garden Benches - What They Are

Putting in a flower garden or any garden for that... Read More

Everyone Loves Flowers

Flowers Truly Reach Your Soul.Flowers are a heartfelt, natural way... Read More

Protecting your Garden Pond from Pesky Predators

Notice any fish disappearing lately? While herons are present year-round,... Read More

New for 2006 - Granite Flexible Preformed Rock Ponds

Traditionally, preformed ponds are large shells, which are extremely burdensome... Read More