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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Landscape sketches come alive at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show
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For the show, local landscape pros came up with well-imagined plans based on their experience and knowledge of plants and garden trends that are suitable for the Pacific Northwest. Then, they executed their ideas and will stand by their creations. They ...

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Landscaping and garden job fair upcoming at Boise Labor office
The Idaho Statesman
Eleven local employers will participate in a hiring event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Idaho Department of Labor's Boise local office, 219 W. Main St. Employers will be filling positions such as lawn maintenance, sprinkler technician, nursery ...


This Week in the Garden: Doing landscape the water-smart way
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Participants will learn a whole-systems approach to landscape design that synthesizes available resources with a unified plan that stores rainwater in soil and cisterns, harvests graywater, chooses plants that require less water, and applies gardening ...


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Yard, Garden & Patio Show opens: Crowds form for plants, pros
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Eat, Play, Glove by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers is a multifunctional space for family and friends. There is edible landscape alongside the table in the elegant open-air dining area. A playhouse and outdoor living room allows kids and ...
Signs of spring about to bloom at Outdoor Living & Landscape ShowKansas.com

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Gardening trends on display -- think outdoor showers! Tiny houses! -- at the ...
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That's the take away message from landscape designers vying in the Spring Portland Home & Garden Show' Excellence in Landscaping Competition. The 14 gardens will showcase the latest trends in outdoor living, from repurposed materials and ornamental ...


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MASTER GARDENER: Edible landscaping includes veggies, herbs, edible flowers
The Daily News Online
Typically most of us keep our vegetable garden separate from our flower beds. And if we grow fruit we usually relegate fruit trees to a corner of the yard or have a berry patch. But what if we intermingled them in the landscape? Landscaping with plants ...


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Celebrity landscaper to share secrets at Home & Garden Show
Midland Reporter-Telegram
When Ahmed Hassan started gardening and working in the yard at age 10, he couldn't foresee the path his life would take. At age 41, he owns a successful Northern California landscaping business and is recognized in millions of households across America ...


“Mastering Organic Gardening and Landscaping”
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Join Master Gardeners for an enriching presentation on mastering organic gardening and landscaping. Bill Hlubik will demonstrate how the proper use of genetics, culture, plant placement, and soil amendments can stimulate beneficial micro-organisms and ...


Learn about landscaping and mushrooms at free Master Gardener Seminar Feb. 7
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Tom Lakowske of Springfield will present “Creating a Garden Sanctuary,” using his own garden, Alta Birdsong, to illustrate basic landscape principles. Among the topics he will cover are building pathways, rooms, beds and borders; tricks to make a ...


Trowel & Glove: Marin garden calendar for the week of Feb. 28, 2015
Marin Independent Journal
Citrus seminar: Debbie Saffell of Colorama Nursery presents “All About Citrus” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Sloat Garden Center at 2000 Novato Blvd. in Novato. Register in advance. $10, free for Rewards members. For more information, go to ...

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Ecological Landscape Design and Organic Lawn Care

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How to Create a Wildflower Garden

In today's gardens often populated by geraniums, roses, and zinnias,... Read More

Bird Baths in Your Yard

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Selecting Outdoor Benches

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Care of Dendrobium Orchids

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Turn Your Patio Into A Voluminous Vegetable Garden

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Growing Tomatoes Organically

Tomato Seeds Vs. Tomato Seedlings?Whether you start your own tomato... Read More

How to Grow Asparagus

Asparagus is a perennial plant with erect, edible stems and... Read More

How to Choose Between Goldfish and KOI

Many people have asked us over the years "Should I... Read More