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Learning About Maine’s Native Plants

For three days in mid-August, I drove out to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens each morning for a course called “Introduction to Maine’s Native Flora.” The course was part of my certificate program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture...
by Jean's Garden on Aug 24, 2016

My Botanical Solstice

Normally, I treat the summer solstice as an ultra-relaxing holiday, getting up extra early to watch the sun rise and then spending as much of the day as possible outdoors – often sitting in the garden reading a novel while I soak up the glorious Ma...
by Jean's Garden on Jun 24, 2016

Spring Comes to Maine: GBBD, May 2016

After several days of cool, rainy weather at the beginning of May, the sun came out, temperatures warmed, and spring truly arrived in Maine. The deciduous trees around my house have finished blooming and are beginning to leaf out. In the garden, plan...
by Jean's Garden on May 15, 2016

Becoming a Better, More Knowledgeable Gardener

Gardening is always a learning process. Mostly gardeners learn by doing and by trial and error. I also like to learn from others – by interacting with other gardeners, by reading gardening books, and by attending garden lectures. This year, I have...
by Jean's Garden on Apr 5, 2016

A Mild November: GBBD, November 2015

November in Maine has a well-deserved reputation as the least desirable month of the year. It is typically cold, wet and raw. Last year, I wrote that I think the whole point of November in Maine is to prepare us psychologically for winter. At the beg...
by Jean's Garden on Nov 16, 2015

Spring Finally Arrives: GBBD, May 2015

While, for some gardeners, May features floral abundance, that doesn’t happen in my garden until June. For me, May is the month when spring really and truly arrives. Spring in Maine is known for being long anticipated and short in duration. How qui...
by Jean's Garden on May 15, 2015

Tips On Landscaping In A Wetter Climate

With a little bit of work, you can have the garden of your dreams. You simply need to educate yourself on some basic landscaping concepts. The following article gives you […]...
by Free Mobile Applications on Mar 27, 2015

Books for Garden Inspiration: The Living Landscape

The long winter months when my garden is dormant provide a time for me to seek inspiration from garden books. One important source of inspiration this winter has been Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy’s The Living Landscape (Timber Press, 2014).  Da...
by Jean's Garden on Mar 5, 2015

How to Attend Hands-On Classes in Gardens, Kitchens, Forests, and Even a Late 1800’s Cabin

It’s here. The garden classes are in gardens, the cooking classes are in kitchens, the nature study is in forests, the raspberries taste like raspberries, and the snozzberries taste like snozzberries! Photo Caption: My daughter and I inside the...
by Appalachian Feet on Feb 12, 2015

Urban Tree of the Year 2015

photo: Emily Hamilton - SMA The Society of Municipal Arborists has selected the Yellowwood (Cladastris kentukea or C. lutea) as its Urban Tree of the Year for 2015. It is certainly one of the greatest trees and should be used far more often by design...
by Garden Design Online on Jan 20, 2015

Tips in Creating an Ideal Home Garden

The ideal garden can serve as elements that enhance the look of the house and be saturated drugs and stress for the residents. If you want to create a garden for the house, you should consider the following points:   Character of the Building an...
by Home Garden Air on Nov 3, 2014

The Wild Garden

One of the splendors of the Maine landscape is that so much of it is wild, including the great north woods and other undeveloped rural lands. As autumn settles in and the plants in my Maine garden go dormant, my attention turns more and more to what...
by Jean's Garden on Sep 26, 2014

The Wild Garden

One of the splendors of the Maine landscape is that so much of it is wild, including the great north woods and other undeveloped rural lands. As autumn settles in and the plants in my Maine garden go dormant, my attention turns more and more to what...
by Jean's Garden on Sep 26, 2014

Arranging a Minimalist Garden in a Narrow Courtyard

A home garden can be the element that makes the dwelling seem more fresh and natural look. In addition, the garden is also able to provide a wonderful touch so that the house will look to steal the attention. Therefore you need to create a garden on...
by Home Garden Air on Sep 25, 2014

Double Oops

Recently I wrote (Oops!) about a plant in my new raised bed that was not what it was supposed to be. I had intended to plant Amsonia x ‘Blue Ice’ in this location, and instead had a much larger plant that I tentatively identified as Amsonia taber...
by Jean's Garden on Aug 10, 2014

Double Oops

Recently I wrote (Oops!) about a plant in my new raised bed that was not what it was supposed to be. I had intended to plant Amsonia x ‘Blue Ice’ in this location, and instead had a much larger plant that I tentatively identified as Amsonia taber...
by Jean's Garden on Aug 10, 2014

Ditch the Exotics and Go Native

Welcome to our newest contributor, Sheila Thomas, a San Diego native and Environmental Systems major at UCSD. When looking for plants to adorn our homes, we often turn to plants with bright flowers, vibrant colors, appealing shapes and forms. This of...
by The Alternative Consumer on Jul 30, 2014

God’s Honey

A Little Friarbird feeding on the nectar of a Buckeye Bottle Brush plant. Bottle brush plants are a magnet for Honey Eaters and other native Australian birds.
by Wild Eye View on Jun 19, 2014

Garden Tips, Benefits of Pruning Your Plants

One way to keep it looking beautiful garden is to cut it on a regular basis. Here are some benefits and tips for pruning plants. To coined the pretty beautiful garden, good design and attractive is not enough. Gardens also require regular maintenance...
by Home Garden Air on Jun 9, 2014

NEW! Hummingbird Gardening in Tennessee

Just in time for the return of our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a new publication is available free as a pdf download!Hummingbird Gardening in Tennessee is published by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.  The book is co-authore...
by Vickie Henderson Art on May 24, 2014


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