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The Perfumed Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | May 14th, 2019 The sense of smell is amazingly underrated. An aroma can bring pleasure or alert you to danger. You can sniff out the truth. My absolute favorite is that scent created by a summer rainstorm drenching the pavement and soil on a warm...

Late to Emerge Perennials

By: Lisa Briggs | May 8th, 2019 Gardeners are not the kind of folks who enjoy being cooped up in the house all winter. When the weather finally breaks, and plants begin to emerge from dormancy, it’s understandable that we are eager to greet every new shoot and admire...

Early May Spring Gardening Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | May 8th, 2019 “Don’t knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change.” These words are can certainly be applied to the weather this spring. The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating...

The Impermanence of Spring

By: Lisa Briggs | May 1st, 2019 After a winter of brutally cold temperatures, we gardeners hold our collective breath until the first green shoots of spring poke through the wet soil. And then, to add insult to injury, these fragile perennial plants and...

Late April Spring Gardening Tips

By: Lisa Briggs | April 25th, 2019 No matter how long the winter actually is, it always takes forever to end and now that it seems spring has finally sprung, gardeners will be making their lists and checking them twice. Since the outdoor chores that must be done...

The ABC’s of Lawn Care

By: Lisa Briggs | April 24th, 2019 The ups and downs of this spring’s weather have us all reeling. One day it’s sunny and 70 degrees and we are over the moon, popping in pansies and wondering when the tomato plants will be ready. The next temps barely make it to a...

The Spring March of Flowers

By: Lisa Briggs | April 19th, 2019 About this time of year, each morning before I get into the car to drive to work, I walk through my front garden in to discover what has popped up during the night. Let’s see. Yesterday there were 10 Hosta spearing through the newly...

Mid Spring Seed Starting

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. For instance, the Garden Center stocks 50 varieties of tomato seedlings. If you look at seeds though, you can choose from 134 cherries, currants,...

Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Are you thinking that your yard doesn’t have room for another plant? Something about the promise of Spring makes us think that we can, and will, find room to plant absolutely everything. After all, there are worse things to collect than new plants. And...

Memories of Springs Past

Imagine an old-fashioned garden. Maybe you can feel the warm spring breezes on your face. As you settle into the fantasy, is there a fragrance that comes to mind? I’d bet that you’re breathing in the memory of a lilac in full bloom. The scent can be intoxicating and...
Try Leaving Your Own Backyard for Spring Inspiration

Try Leaving Your Own Backyard for Spring Inspiration

Botanical gardens are valuable resources for gardeners. Not only do they maintain large collections of living plants in well-designed displays, but also provide opportunities for research, conservation, and education. Botanic gardens are home to millions of plants all over the world.

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Gearing Up for Spring Gardening!

Gearing Up for Spring Gardening!

As winter recedes, each sign of spring seems more symbolic than the last. And the season’s teasing tone always makes us a little crazy. We’re longing for thunderstorms instead of snow showers.

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Plant a Garden and Feed the Soul

Plant a Garden and Feed the Soul

Talk to any gardener about growing fruits and vegetables and you just might trigger a discussion on the merits of heirlooms versus hybrids. Many of us agree that heirloom varieties have been around for a while.

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We’re Starting to Get Spring Gardening Fever…

We’re Starting to Get Spring Gardening Fever…

We know that you’re itching to get into the garden, but the incoming sub-zero temperatures are signaling that it may be a while before you begin planting anything in the garden. Never fear though. Spring always arrives. Eventually.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

We seem to be caught in a snow cycle. As I write this, I remember driving home from the airport during Sunday morning’s Austrian snowglobe snowfall. The snow fell gently and steadily, slowly obliterating the lines between hard and soft surfaces.

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The Universal Language of Flowers

The Universal Language of Flowers

It’s Valentine’s Day! Have you wondered why red roses are the go-to flower for Valentine’s Day giving? Or why white calla lilies are in so many traditional bridal bouquets? The answers to these questions lie in the language of flowers, subtle meanings given to flowers in order to evoke an emotional response.

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