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

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Gardening Etcetera: Winterizing your landscape
Arizona Daily Sun
Through all aspects of this human experience we call life, it's wise to keep in mind that prevention is better than cure. This is especially apropos when it comes to preparing your landscaping for the hazards of winter. We gardeners call it winterizing ...

Landscape with native plants at backyard gardening worskhop at Frontera ...
WESLACO — If you are planning to plant a garden this fall, consider using native plants, Robert Vanderveer says. “Of the many reasons you should incorporate natives into your landscape, consider that they are easy to grow and can withstand our harsh ...

Registration is open for fall landscape workshops and garden tours
Sonoran News
SCOTTSDALE – Learn ways to enhance the beauty of your home while saving water and money this winter by attending a Scottsdale Water Conservation Fall Landscape Workshop or Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden Tour. Classes and tours are free and open ...

Master Gardeners hosting 'Native Plants for Your Landscape' seminar
Your Houston News
The Montgomery County Master Gardener Association will sponsor a “Native Plants for Your Landscape” seminar on Sept. 20 at the Thomas LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Door prizes include native plant books, ...

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Woodlands Landscaping Solutions spotlights water-wise methods
The Paper Magazine
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (September 19, 2014) – Woodlands Landscaping Solutions, a free garden event, spotlights outdoor water conservation with booths, demonstrations and a plant sale on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon at 8203 ...

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Botanic Gardens 2014-15 lecture series begins Sept. 27
Cape Gazette
Robinson will discuss past decades of landscaping and gardening methods, and suggest ways to make home landscaping more fulfilling. The third lecture, “Delicious and Nutritious Microgreens for Pleasure or Profit" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, ...

Cape nursery grows landscaping industry
Press of Atlantic City
DENNIS TOWNSHIP — Garden Greenhouse and Nursery on Route 9 in Clermont has been busy installing new landscaping jobs in Cape May County despite the slowdown in South Jersey's construction market.

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Landscaping awards for Hillsboro
The Highland County Press
This year, the selection of deep pink and purple petunias, blue salvia and purple veronica, all planted in multiple islands surrounding the restaurant, was considered especially noteworthy by garden club members. The residential award was presented to ...

Long Reach homeowner has a deep-rooted love of stormwater protection
Baltimore Sun
Maintaining an environmentally friendly landscape at her family's home in Long Reach comes as second nature to Janine Pollack, who loves gardening and the outdoors. The pluses, some obvious and some not, are numerous. They include the inherent ...

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San Diego's Master Gardeners are a valued resource
Coast News
Master Gardeners throughout San Diego County offer valuable resources on a variety of gardening questions, including offering a hotline (858) 822-6910 that is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help educate and answer home gardening ...

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Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners

The Basics of Hydroponics Gardening.What is hydroponics gardening?Derived from the... Read More

Plants To Grow Old With or The Constant Battle

Following are a few paragraphs about the on going battle... Read More

Basic Lawn Care - Mowing, Scarifiers, Aeration, and Watering Tips

The arrival of summer heralds a time of increased wear... Read More

The Flower Garden in August

Our flower garden in August can be brimming with activities... Read More

Storm Damage and Mature Tree Pruning

One winter evening I was working on the computer when... Read More

Make Your Fresh Cut Roses Last Longer!

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How to Grow Hydrangeas

Whether you call them Hydrangea Macrophylla, House Hydrangea, French Hydrangea,,... Read More

Teak Outdoor Furniture - Where Function Meets Beauty

The wonderful thing about choosing teak outdoor furniture is that... Read More

A Compost Primer

Most gardeners and landscapers will agree almost unanimously that the... Read More

Water Ponds and Wildlife - How To Attract More Animals to Your Backyard

Wildlife require water just as humans do. Water is essential... Read More

Keeping the Balance of Nature: Pond Water Maintenance

You might be tempted to let Mother Nature, tend to... Read More

Laying Out Your Landscape Part Two

Part Two in a SeriesOnce you have your landscape design... Read More

Fall is the Time to Get Your Garden Trees and Shrubs Ready for Winter: Heres What to Do

Tips for winter care of trees and shrubsWith the garden... Read More

Backyard Landscaping

When most people think of landscaping, they think of a... Read More

Ship Ahoy! The Nautical Touch in Your Outdoor Living Space

Would you rather be sailing or are you strictly a... Read More

Set Out a Feast for Your Feathered Friends

February is "Feed the Birds" month in much of North... Read More

The Perfect Porch Swing

There is a magical quality to porch swings. In his... Read More

Commercial and Residential Flagpoles

The world's tallest unsupported flagpole is located in Amman, Jordan.... Read More

Wild Flower Garden - Plan to Plant

In the previous article I discussed design for your new... Read More

Vegetable Garden Layout

The size of your yard will determine your final vegetable... Read More

Making Memories with Flower Gardening

Flower gardening is not only about the present, but can... Read More

The Container Vegetable Garden

If you live in an apartment or town home, you... Read More

Choosing Pond Plants

A pond without plants is like cake without icing. Pond... Read More

10 Tips for Successful Rose Planting

Planting roses isn't actually complicated, as long as you have... Read More

June Gardening Tips

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