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:

Wicked Local Cohasset

Gardening, landscaping reflects spirit of community
Wicked Local Cohasset
Willcutt Commons, Cohasset's new senior center, is now enjoying its garden. The landscaping was completed over the summer. Included are an irrigation system, a terrace, sidewalks, benches, flagpole, multiple trees, shrubs, flowers, and a lawn of grass.

The Detroit News

Gardening: Learn how to create a 'living landscape'
The Detroit News
But they also want it to be attractive, a space where kids can run and play, as well as provide privacy and possibly a veg garden. Sounds like a tall order, but the collaboration of Rick Darke and Richard Tallamy in the gardening book “The Living ...

Workshops planned for gardening, landscaping
The Advocate
Janis Poche, a local master gardener and past president of the Ascension Parish Master Gardeners and the Gonzales Garden Club, will talk about common gardening blunders. “Do-It-Yourself Landscaping”: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Dutchtown Branch Library.

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Charlotte Observer

Garden and Nature Calendar: Seed collection, nature hike, landscaping lessons
Charlotte Observer
“Got Gardening Questions? Get Answers with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners”: Sept. 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road located in the Greenery Shed. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org 704-336-4011 HO TNS ...

The Virginian-Pilot

Saturday festival offers landscaping advice and more
The Virginian-Pilot
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Virginia Beach Master Gardeners will host "Fall Into Landscaping" on Sept. 19. The festival is free, family and pet friendly, and held rain or shine. Horticulture extension agent Andrea Davis said the 16th annual event ...

Miller Garden Club resumes meetings with landscaping speaker
GARY | The first fall meeting of the Miller Garden Club will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave. on the lakefront. The featured speaker will be Jim Bertrand, founder of Bertrand Landscape Company, Monee, Ill ...

New Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden
Pasadena Journal
New Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden will Help Duarte Lead the Way in Outdoor Water Conservation! The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the City of Duarte are pleased to announce the completion of a new water-wise, ...

Curbside gardening aims to provide more drought-tolerant landscape options
LA Daily News
Offers free landscape designs, along with before-and-after photos. It also has ongoing classes and workshops. Kathleen Irvine will discuss “Low Maintenance Gardening the Natural Way,” 9:30 a.m-1 p.m. Sept. 26, 1800 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach.

Capital Gardening shortlisted in landscaping contest
The Edinburgh Reporter
Edinburgh tradesmen Andy Shaw and Chris Wright have been shortlisted for creating one of the five best landscaping jobs in Scotland in a competition run by Travis Perkins fronted by TV star Melinda Messenger. Andy and Chris, who run Capital Gardening, ...

Lawn & Landscape

Stand out from the crowd
Lawn & Landscape
Liza Lightfoot was gardening on the side while attending University of Wisconsin Madison, feeding a longtime fascination for plants by getting her hands dirty with side jobs around town. The plan, before landscaping took center stage, was to become a ...

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