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Great Gardens to Visit Part 2- Fairchild Tropical Gardens Coral Gables Florida

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Great Gardens to Visit Part 2- Fairchild Tropical Gardens Coral Gables Florida

I grew up in South Florida amid a jungle of tropical plants and fruit trees. My father was an avid gardener and collector of palm trees. Our backyard was full of bananas, citrus trees, and flowering vines. This is where I first became intrigued with  different types of lush foliage plants. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens contains a huge collection of unique tropical plants. Set around natural water features and the beautiful Florida sunshine this garden is particularly great to visit during the winter months.  Located in Coral Gables, Florida it is 83 acres of tropical plantings. Various garden collections surround...

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The Winter Garden- Adding Color and Winter Interest to the Garden

Posted by Jacqueline Jasper on

The Winter Garden- Adding Color and Winter Interest to the Garden

Winter can be a tranquil time in the garden. My garden seems so still and quiet once the throngs of hummingbirds have moved on for the season. Winter can be a great time to really look at the bones of the garden. Hardscapes, ornaments, and evergreens provide form and structure. Colorful, blooming flowers and plants often distract the eye during the growing season. Winter, especially with a nice blanket of snow, is the perfect time to make plans for the upcoming season.  I leave many ornamental grasses and perennials standing for winter interest. The echinacea seed heads provide structure as...

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