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

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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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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Landscape with native plants at backyard gardening worskhop at Frontera ...
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WESLACO — If you are planning to plant a garden this fall, consider using native plants, Robert Vanderveer says. “Of the many reasons you should incorporate natives into your landscape, consider that they are easy to grow and can withstand our harsh ...


Registration is open for fall landscape workshops and garden tours
Sonoran News
SCOTTSDALE – Learn ways to enhance the beauty of your home while saving water and money this winter by attending a Scottsdale Water Conservation Fall Landscape Workshop or Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden Tour. Classes and tours are free and open ...


Florida Times-Union

Gardening: There's a lot of green and color at the fair
Florida Times-Union
Find out how to save money and protect the environment by using drought-tolerant plants, collect rain water and add edibles to the landscape. Stop at the “Doctor Is In” booth if you have gardening questions. Master gardeners will be available to answer ...


Garden Q&A: Dunk or seal skeeters away
Tribune-Review
Horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners” at 7 a.m. Sundays on KDKA Radio. Her website is www.jessicawalliser.com. Send your gardening or landscaping questions to tribliving@tribweb.com or The Good Earth, 503 Martindale St., 3rd ...


Sacramento Bee

Seeds: Find inspiration for fall gardening at these events
Sacramento Bee
Both days, native plant aficionados will staff an “experts” table to field questions on specific plants (such as which California lilac has the bluest flowers) or general concepts (like integrating natives into an established landscape). Gardening ...

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Fairfield Citizen

Iowa City couple opens up garden to public
Fairfield Citizen
Tina DuBois, executive director of the pantry, said there's a growing trend throughout the nation of people producing their own food through gardens and edible landscaping, and that North Liberty is no exception. "I think this is an important part of ...

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Practical landscaping solutions for modern living
West Hawaii Today
Landscaping options today run the gamut from historical to futuristic as a result of gardening innovations and the worldwide exchange of ideas brought about by quick, affordable travel, and, of course, the Internet. With nearly endless landscaping ...


Trowel & Glove: Marin garden calendar for the week of Oct. 18, 2014
Marin Independent Journal
Call 895-0667 for more information. 'GardenSmart' workshop: Alameda County Master Composter and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional Lori Caldwell leads "Gardening on a Budget" at 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and "Composting 101" at 3 p.m. Nov. 1. Free.

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Now's the time to plant bulbs —including alliums —in your garden
Tribune-Review
She is the author of several gardening books, including “Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control” and “Good Bug, Bad Bug.” Her website is www.jessicawalliser.com. Send your gardening or landscaping questions to ...

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Do You Know About A Bamboo Orchid

Bamboo Orchid PlantWhen you think of bamboo you really think... Read More

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Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room

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Pruning Roses Secrets

Pruning your roses is one of the most needed and... Read More