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The Herb Garden: Growing Great Lavender

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The Herb Garden: Growing Great Lavender

Lavender is one of my favorite herbs to grow in the garden. The pathway to my herb garden bench is lined with Lavender 'Provence'. The plants reached shrub like proportions this summer and almost made it impossible to even get to the bench. Lavender can be slightly tricky to grow so I will share some of the things I have learned through trial and error.  Lavender is often considered and old fashioned herb. It has been used to scent soap and bath products since ancient Greek and Roman days. In the language of flowers Lavender is said to soothe troubled...

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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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Great Gardens to Visit- Part 1 Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain Georgia

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Great Gardens to Visit- Part 1 Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain Georgia

Winter is the perfect time to dream about gardens. Our mailboxes are full of seed catalogs bursting with great varieties of seeds and plants to try. Public gardens are a great way to get out and see unfamiliar varieties of plants actually growing in the garden. Many times we can learn new, easier, or more cost effective ways of growing our favorites. There is always something to take away from garden displays. Most of us don't have the money to lay down for the hardscaping and big water features seen in many public gardens. However, we can usually incorporate a...

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

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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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