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:

Yuma Sun

Pecan Grove Garden Club funds landscaping within Yuma
Yuma Sun
We also funded landscape projects at the tennis court complex, Kennedy Pool and Park, Riverside Park Outdoor Education Center, Kennedy Athletic complex, and along Avenue A near the Civic Center. Recently, we donated funds to Moody Garden's ...

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Houston Chronicle (subscription)

Garden calendar: Aug. 3-22
Houston Chronicle (subscription)
Junior Master Gardener: Learn, Grow, Eat, Go Teacher/Leader Training. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Harris County AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; contact Sheryl Nolen at 713-274-0978 or snolen@ag.tamu.edu. $30 includes lunch. Growing Great Fall ...

Dallas Morning News

Tidy landscaping will help your home sell
Dallas Morning News
A survey by the National Association of Landscape Professionals earlier this year found that 84 percent of homebuyers said landscaping quality would influence their decision on whether to buy a home. And 71 percent agreed that having neighbors with ...

Waterbury Republican American (blog)

Landscaping, on large or small scale
Waterbury Republican American (blog)
In addition to shrubs and grasses, Riverwalk Landing gardens consist of other perennials that are Virginia natives. Seasonal color with annuals changes from time to time, but the look is always festive. For instance, last year's lime green look changed ...

Landscaping improvements can increase property value
The Southern
People wanting to have attractive landscaping should work out his or her ideas and create a plan with the help of a landscaper, he said. Those who are watching budgets or on limited incomes can consider container gardening, for instance, he said.

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G.L.E.N Award winners announced
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
During the final Village Board Meeting of July, the winners of the 2015 G.L.E.N Awards were announced for their dedication and devotion to making Glen Carbon aesthetically pleasing by their pristine lawn maintenance. G.L.E.N (Gardening, Landscaping ...

Victoria Advocate

Sun, shade-loving natives provide landscaping solution
Victoria Advocate
Having been involved in caring for the native plant garden at the Master Gardener Victoria Educational Gardens, I have seen firsthand, there and in my own garden, how native plants thrive when extreme conditions exist that greatly challenge the ...

Melton Times

Glamour model searches for best landscape gardening job in Melton
Melton Times
“I'm working with Travis Perkins on the High 5 project to find the people who are getting it right and show everyone just how valuable the landscape gardener is in making Britain a green and pleasant land. “A good landscape gardener can transform even ...


Gardening during drought season
Once the soil has dried in containers like these in a greenhouse, it's difficult to get them rehydrated. Make a splash in a drought-ridden landscape by being proactive about watering – especially with container plants. Be especially vigilant about ...
Rethinking gardens in a time of droughtSioux City Journal (blog)

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Landscape accessories can add personality to the garden
Salt Lake Tribune
Flowers are the face of a garden, providing color and texture. But a few well-placed landscape accessories can give it character and a dash of personality. Accessories can range from water fixtures, like ponds and streams, to outdoor furniture and ...

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Planting Roses In Your Garden

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Garden Sheds - More Than Just Storage

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External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use?

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5 Simple Steps To Dividing Your Hardy Water Lilies

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Bare Root Roses

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Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping

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

Dream Yard

Do you ever dream about what your yard could look... Read More

Chicken Soup for the Soil

Keeping Your Soil HealthyYour soil is the most important part... Read More

How to Care for Your Outdoor Water Fountains

Garden lovers around the world love putting fountains among their... Read More

Planting Roses

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How To Build A Waterfall

The number one, most asked question that I receive about... Read More

Pond Filter

A pond filter is one of the most important components... Read More

Can Your Sundial Really Tell The Time?

"I am a sundial, and I make a botch Of... Read More

Hand Feeding your Koi

One of the most rewarding and entertaining things about having... Read More

Environmentally Safe Ways to Remove Weeds

There is a lot of concern about herbicides and what... Read More

Using Push Reel Mowers

If you're not familiar with push reel mowers or if... Read More

Lawn Moles and Proper Lawn Care

Are your making mountains out of your molehills? Although lawn... Read More

Developing the Perfect Landscaping Idea

Using landscaping ideas can be an effective way to attract... Read More

How To Grow Luscious Tomatoes

The tomato is the most commonly grown vegetable in the... Read More

How to Build a Waterfall For Your Garden Pond

Building a waterfall is easier than you think and will... Read More

How to Create a Wildflower Garden

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

Composting - aka: The Circle of Life!

Composting is where the gardening thing comes full circle. You've... Read More