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2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Winners
As you plan your gardens for 2014, be sure to include a few or all of the All-America Selection Flower Winners. They are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
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2016 All-America Selections Winner: Strawberry Delizz
Whether gardening on a balcony or large suburban lot, you can enjoy the sweet flavor of homegrown Delizz strawberries.
Add a Bit of Pizzazz to Your Summer Landscape
The summer weather and your busy schedule have left your landscape looking a bit weary. There’s still time to add sparkle and enjoy your landscape this summer.
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Add Grace to Your Garden with Papyrus
Papyrus has been an important crop throughout history used for food, shelter, fiber, and medicine. In more recent times it has been popular as both an indoor and outdoor plant.
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Balsam Fir Christmas Tree
The smell of a freshly cut balsam fir is a fragrant part of many holiday celebrations.
Bee Friendly Flowering Bulbs
Late winter and spring flowering bulbs brighten our spirits as they signal the end of winter. They also provide needed nectar to early season pollinators.
Brown Needles and Leaves on Evergreens
A walk through your garden this spring may reveal browning on both needled and broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs.
Walking into a garden center filled with beautiful new varieties of plants is a temptation many gardeners succumb to. You can include some of the cool new plants in your landscape even when your plant budget is limited or you are trying to make it go further.
Cedar Apple, Quince, or Hawthorn Rust
Don't panic if your red cedar, a type of juniper, looks like it has been slimed. The gelatinous orange substance is the fruiting stage of cedar–apple rust.
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month; Grow a Garden for the Birds
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by planning then planting a few bird friendly additions to your garden.
Cleaning and Storing Plant Pots
Piles of plastic pots fill the sheds and garages of gardeners across the country. Don’t throw these in the trash. Rather look for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle plant pots.
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Create an Exotic Garden in Your Favorite Container
Bring a bit of the desert, tropics or evergreen forest to your backyard. Container plantings allow you to push the limits of your growing environment.
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Create Your Own Holiday Centerpiece
Don’t let the holiday rush and winter weather ruin your holiday party. Take a few minutes to walk through your garden and gather a few items to create a holiday centerpiece.
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Dry Bottle Garden (Plant Cacti and Succulents in a Wine Bottle)
Put those empty wine bottles to work as containers for cacti and succulents.
All you need is an empty bottle, a well-drained potting mix and a few small succulents. Cut an opening into the side of the bottle or purchase a precut bottle.
Easy and Free Homemade Berry Harvest Basket
Whether harvesting from your own garden or visiting a Pick-Your-Own Farm, nothing beats the fresh flavor of homegrown berries. And managing the harvest as you work your way down each row does not have to be messy and cumbersome or result in a pile of mushy fruit.
Enhance Your Front Door with Unique and Seasonal Decor
Dress up your front door and welcome guests with unique or seasonal decor.
Fall and Winter Care for Ornamental Grasses
Motion, texture, winter interest and wildlife appeal describe the beauty and value of ornamental grasses in the landscape. Providing the proper fall and winter care will ensure you get the most from these low maintenance beauties.
Try forcing a few spring flowering bulbs for indoor enjoyment or added beauty on your patio and deck.
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Fraser Fir, the Number One Selling Christmas Tree
Each year more than 25 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States. Every buyer seems to have their favorite, but overall the Fraser fir is the best-selling evergreen for the Christmas season.
From the Faucet to the Garden - Water for the Garden
No matter where you live we are all concerned about our precious resource – water. And whether you live in an apartment or you garden a large plot of ground – you can make a difference one bucket at a time.
From the Landscape to Holiday Decorations
Add a personal touch to your holidays by creating decorations from evergreens, berries, cones and seedpods harvested from your landscape.
Garden Terms: Frost Heaving & Winter Mulch
Gardening books and magazines are filled with terms and techniques that may be new to you or unique to certain gardening climates. Frost heaving and winter mulch are two terms you may have stumbled upon in your search for gardening information.
Grow a Bog Garden in a Pot
You don’t need much space to enjoy a few wonders of nature. In fact, you can create your own bog garden to enjoy on your patio, balcony or deck.
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Grow a Few Christmas Gifts
Help small children handle the anticipation and adults deal with the stress of the holidays while creating a few homegrown gifts.
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Grow Parsley for You and the Butterflies to Enjoy
Parsley is not just a garnish for your meals. This Vitamin rich herb is a great addition to your garden and recipes.
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Grow Some Homemade Soup for Valentine's Day
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Homemade Soup Day by sharing a bowl of soup with the ones you love. And while you sip some soup, start planning the soup ingredients you’ll grow in this year’s garden.
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Grow Tasty and Nutritional Purple Vegetables
Brighten your dinner plate and vegetable garden while improving your health with purple beets, carrots, blueberries and more.
Grow Your Favorite Vegetables in a Container
Enjoy the convenience of planting, tending and harvesting fresh vegetables grown in pots on your patio, balcony or entryway.
Grow Your Own Fat-free and Flavorful Apples
Apples are the perfect fat free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Grow Your Own Smoothie Ingredients
Boost the flavor and nutrition of your diet by planting a smoothie garden.
Apples are the perfect fat-free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Growing Fruit in Small Spaces
No space for a garden? Don't worry you can add fruits to your patio, balcony or other small space landscape.
Growing Fruit Plants in Your Landscape
Improve the flavor of your meals and reduce our national energy use by growing your own fruit.
Heat Loving Annuals for the Garden and Containers
Give summer gardens and container plantings a boost by incorporating a few heat-loving annuals.
Increase Winter Survival of Trees
High winds, flooding, ice and snow are weather issues gardeners and their trees confront each winter. Keeping trees healthy and properly pruned can prevent storm damage.
Low Maintenance Calibrachoas (Million Bells & Superbells)
Brighten your landscape with the season-long blooms of calibrachoas also known as Million Bells® and Superbells®. These cousins of the petunia pack lots of beauty with very little maintenance.
Make Your Own Icy Luminaries
Fire and candles have long been used to guide and welcome travelers and guests. Give this tradition a twist by making your own icy luminaries this winter.
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Managing Picnic Beetles
Eat up and clean up to keep those little black beetles from enjoying your harvest.
If you steal a kiss under the mistletoe this season, you might like to know a bit more about its history.
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Must-Have Garden Tools Make Great Gifts
Whether new or experienced, every gardener appreciates the gift of good garden tools.
National Christmas Tree Celebrations
Whether it is a fir, pine or spruce, a real evergreen tree has long been part of family, community and national Christmas traditions.
National Garden Month
April is National Garden Month, so plan some fun gardening activities into this month's schedule.
National Gardening Exercise Day
It's National Gardening Exercise Day, so get out and workout in your garden today!
Naturally Dyed Eggs
Decorated eggs are part of many springtime and religious celebrations. This year consider using natural materials to dye your eggs.
Start by gathering vegetables, flowers and herbs to make the desired dye. Use one cup of blueberries for purple, 2 cups of chopped red cabbage for blue, 2 cups of chopped beets for pink and a handful of carrot tops or 2 TBSP of turmeric for yellow. A handful of onion skins will give you gold, while 2 TBSP of coffee grounds or 4 tea bags make a brown dye.
New Heat and Drought Loving Annual Varieties
Zinnias, sunflowers and moss roses are the go to annuals for hot dry weather. Liven up the summer garden with a few new heat tolerant varieties.
Did you know the traditional holiday spice nutmeg is not really a nut? It's actually the seed of an evergreen, native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.
Ornamental Edible Landscape - Fruit Plants
Round out your meals with some fresh from the garden fruit. It is easier than you think to grow your own apples, plums, and berries.
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Gardeners love to save plants from year to year. The frost sensitive mandevilla is at the top of many gardeners list of plants to save.
Pallets Add Function and Beauty to the Landscape
Upcycle old pallets into fences, compost bins, planters and even sheds.
Plastic Lumber for the Landscape
While “milk does a body good,” its’ recycled cartons can also do some good in the garden.
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Preparing Dormant Annuals for the Growing Season
Clear a spot on the windowsill and make room for geraniums, fuchsias, lantanas and any other plants that were stored in a cool dark location indoors for winter.
Protect Landscape Plants from Deicing Salts
All your hard work on the lawn and landscape can be undone with a quick toss of deicing salt. A little care now will eliminate the frustration and time needed next spring to repair winter damaged plants.
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Prune Out Raspberry Pest Problems
Put away the chemicals and break out the pruners to control pest problems on raspberries.
Recycle Christmas Tree in the Garden
Don't drag that Christmas tree to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it a second, even third life, in your landscape.
Recycle Wrapping Paper into Decorative Pots
Don't throw away that wrapping paper. Give it and other scrap paper a second life in creating decoupage pots for your garden.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Don’t drag that Christmas tree to the curb. Give it a second life in your landscape.
Cut trees make great windbreaks in the landscape. Strategically place discarded Christmas trees on the windward side of rhododendron, boxwood and other broadleaf evergreens to reduce problems with winter burn.
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Reduce Stress - Visit a Conservatory
The holidays are a wonderful time for family, friends and neighbors to gather, feast and exchange gifts. It can also be a stressful time overfilled with festivities. So take a break and visit a nearby conservatory this winter.
Research has shown, and gardeners know, that plants and gardening are good for the mind, body and spirit. Just being surrounded by greenery can lower your blood pressure and elevate your mood.
Conservatories are glass buildings that were constructed in colder climates to overwinter citrus and other tender or rare plants. You often can find birds and occasionally small animals along with plants in these heated glass buildings.
But conservatories are not just glass houses filled with pretty plants. They serve as a space for relaxation, a site to conserve endangered species and educate the public about the environment.
A bit more information: Conservatories originated in the 16th century, but experienced great growth and increased popularity during the late 19th century. If there isn't a conservatory in your neighborhood, plan a visit to your local florist or garden center.
Selection and Care of Christmas Trees
The holidays are here and for many that means, it’s time to head out to the Christmas tree lot. Selection is the first step to insuring a beautiful tree throughout the holiday season
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Share the Gift of Gardening
As gardeners, we know how digging in the soil improves our mood, reduces stress and makes us smile. Share this joy by giving a gift of gardening this holiday season.
Shrubs That Attract Birds
Birds can add color and motion to your landscape year round. Planting shrubs that provide food and shelter is an easy and affordable way to bring birds into your backyard.
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Simple Tips for Planting Annuals
Memorial Day is the traditional start of gardening for many. Get your plants off to a healthy start with proper planting.
Include annuals on your Memorial Day planting list. They can add a little color and even fragrance to any garden in any season.
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Space Saving Vegetable Gardening Tips
Don’t panic if your garden plans are bigger than the available planting space. I have some space saving techniques that can help you get the most out of your landscape.
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Storing Spring Flowering Bulbs Over Winter
Don't panic if the bulb planting season has passed and you still have some or all your bulbs in need of planting.
Strawberry Celebration Days
What do June 9th, 14 and the 25th have in common? They're all food celebrations that include strawberries.
Summer Pruning of Raspberries
A bit of summer pruning goes a long way to keeping your raspberries healthy and productive. So get out the mosquito netting, long sleeves and pruners and get busy.
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Tax Relief Through Garden Therapy
Just say the date - April 15th and most U.S. citizens cringe, unless of course you are one of the lucky ones getting a refund. Soften the blow with a bit of horticulture therapy.
Once the taxes are mailed, take a walk through your yard, neighborhood or nearby botanical garden. Walking and working in nature helps lower our blood pressure and improve our mood.
The First Day of Winter
Celebrate the first day of winter with a walk around the neighborhood or nearby botanical garden. It’s a great way to walk off a few of those holiday calories and plan for added winter interest in your landscape.
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Trees and Shrubs for the Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for your garden. Look for trees and shrubs that provide interesting form, bark and texture in the winter.
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Walk Off Calories and Plan Your Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for next year's garden with a hike through your neighborhood, botanical garden or arboretum.
What's New: 2011 All-America Selections Winners (AAS)
Get your garden off to a winning start by including a few All-America Selections winners in this year’s garden.
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What's On My Plate Day: Grow Nutritional Vegetables
Celebrate “What’s on my Plate Day” and surprise your family with a plate full of nutritious vegetables. Serve ‘em cooked up as ratatouille, chopped and mixed in a stir-fry or tossed in a tasty salad.
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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials
Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Brighten your winter gardens and containers with winterberry. This deciduous holly produces an abundance of red berries you and the birds will enjoy.