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:

Youths Urged to Take Up Landscaping, Gardening Business
A horticulturist, Mr Olusola Adekoya, on Thursday urged Nigerian youths to take up landscaping and gardening as a business as it could yield quick returns on investment. Adekoya, who is the Managing Director of a Lagos-based beautification company ...

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Nigerian Youths Urged To Take Up Landscaping, Gardening Business
Leadership Newspapers
A horticulturist, Mr Olusola Adekoya, on Thursday urged Nigerian youths to take up landscaping and gardening as a business as it could yield quick returns on investment. Adekoya, who is the Managing Director of a Lagos-based beautification company ...

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Gardening For The Record: Ornamental Edible Landscaping On The Rise
Times Record (blog)
writes Gardening for the Record (and has a fan base after one column!!) every first and third Thursday. We don't have a photo of her. I'm going to try to get her in to get one later. Here's her shirttail: Lucy Fry of Fort Smith is a level 3 Master ...

LINCOLN COUNTY GARDENING: The Value of Landscaping
Newport News Times
Answer: All the studies we've seen strongly favor good landscaping as a means to increasing home value. A well-designed landscape of large trees, curved beds and diverse plant materials greatly improves a home's "curb appeal" and adds from 5 percent to ...

Horticulture Week

Domestic garden landscaping materials market set to rise
Horticulture Week
However growth in 2015 onwards is likely to be more modest, AMA's 'Domestic Garden Landscaping Materials Market Report - UK 2015-2019 Analysis' reported. AMA Research director Andrew Hartley said: "Key factors influencing market performance ...

Landscaping Talent Speaking at Wellington Home & Garden Show
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Leon Kluge is a rock star in the world of landscape design. Young, super-talented and avant-garde, his work takes him all over the globe – which is why it's such a coup to have him speaking at the Wellington Home & Garden Show this September. Even ...

Ipswich Star

Jail for misleading landscape gardener who targeted vulnerable in Felixstowe
Ipswich Star
He said Dewing had struggled to understand the legal responsibilities he had as a trading entity and had now given up landscape gardening as a business. Sarah Stamp, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for communities, said: “Day in day out our ...

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Dallas Morning News

Learn water-wise landscaping techniques to keep Dallas yards thriving
Dallas Morning News
Participants will receive 72 hours of gardening classes and volunteer 72 hours in exchange. Master gardeners are involved in projects throughout the area including trial gardens, school and other community gardens. The cost is $215. For more ...


Is Your Gardener A Green Gardener?
Your landscaping provides more than curb appeal; it creates an outdoor living space that can have a big impact on your water consumption and your family's health. Planting and maintaining a healthy and sustainable garden is easy when you hire a Santa ...

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Ask a Master Gardener: Explore fire-resistant landscaping and sunscald on peppers
Here, fire is a part of the landscape. As homes are built in these areas, special precautions must be taken by the homeowner to protect their property. There are several steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of a wildfire engulfing your house.

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Water Conservation in the Garden - Use a Rain Barrel to Harvest Rainwater

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What is the Right Plant and Where Do I Put It?

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Home for a Gnome?

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The Benefits of Landscaping

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Want to Build a Pond?

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Decorative Birdhouses are active garden ornamentation --the presence and movement... Read More

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Having an ample supply of good rich compost is the... Read More

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Just recently my friend had his house appraised between $800,000... Read More

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8 Simple Tips to Keep Your Lawn Mower Running

1. If you have a non-electric mower which runs on... Read More

Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These

If you are a serious gardener, you spend lots of... Read More

A Few Simple Facts About Purple Martins

Purple Martins are the largest member of the swallow family.... Read More

June Gardening Tips

These are just a few gardening tips for you to... Read More

Plastic & Resin Patio Furniture ? What You Don?t Know

What is the first thought that comes through your mind... Read More

The Garden As Healer

The word for 'paradise' comes from the Persian word for... Read More

You Take The Vacation - Not Your Garden

If you are planning to go on vacation, there are... Read More