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Author: Jennifer Gibson

How to make a miniature garden

How many times have you had to look around to find a little one?  A child that was just right behind is now nose to the ground looking at something almost invisible to you! Kids love little things; and most also love to play in the dirt and feel the textures of living things like plants.… Read more »

Terrarium How-To!

If you are looking for a new way to bring in the Spring, consider a newly redisovered, on-trend terrarium!  Start by choosing a container; the best ones are clear and enclosed.  The Good Earth has some really fun ones with wooden balls to seal in the moisture and ones that hang on fun thick ropes.… Read more »


Dividing plants; it’s gardening magic!

This time of year is great for dreaming about your garden. What you want to buy, where you want to plant it, what new plants are going to be available; all good fodder for daydreams. But you may not realize that your existing beloved perennials could be divided up into tens of new plants!  And… Read more »

What loves shade, blooms in the winter, and is evergreen?

And the answer is….camellias!  These wonderful, versatile plants have been thrilling homeowners for years.  Right now, Camellia japonicas are blooming.  The japonicas have larger leaves that Camellia sasanqua, and in general have larger, more dramatic blooms.  They look kind of like winter roses but even better since they are evergreen. If you are considering a… Read more »

So, what are your feelings about weeds?

Specifically in lawns?  Most people don’t enjoy them at all!  So here are some tips on how to avoid them altogether: The secret is pre-emergent applications, and not just twice a year.  For maximum effectiveness, apply every 60-90 days whether you see weeds or not.  Weeds are either coming up from roots already established  in… Read more »

Going retro….

It’s interesting how trends come back around. Maybe not even trends; just things that we used to look as part of daily life are now bringing back feelings of nostalgia. It’s the very definition of ‘green’; re-using what was considered trash as a focal piece in your home or garden.  One of our new vendors… Read more »

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile…

This has been a tough year so landscape adjustments may be necessary!  Don’t get overwhelmed, just consider these next few steps: Looking out your windows…. What do you see?  Think critically and realistically about the space that surrounds you.  Do you have large enough areas for fall color to make an impactful statement?  Do you… Read more »


When is the best time to plant a tree?

Well, the best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago but the second best time is today! That is an old saying, I think, and really I wouldn’t plant anything today but I would plan today.  Take a look at your hot spots; places you would like to shield from the sun, either… Read more »