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Gardeners ‘need to be consciously eco-friendly

Gardening is not an environmentally friendly activity by default, according to new research from the University of Reading, the University of Sheffield and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Instead, the environment is something green-fingered individuals need to consciously take into account in order to reduce producing excess greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, many staples of the […]

Watering ‘is not the only gardening solution to dry conditions’

Gardeners are advised to turn to a wide range of solutions when dealing with dry conditions. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) claimed it receives a great deal of enquiries expressing concern that they will be forced to deal with this situation more and more often as a result of issues relating to climate change. However, […]

People ‘are drawn to gardens by their DNA’

There is something in people's DNA that means they are hard-wired to be drawn to gardens, according to master gardener Gloria Kupferman. In an article for The Wenatchee World, she suggested a "fascination with the gift of flowers goes back to the beginning of life in the Garden of Eden, where love began". The expert […]

Landscape for Privacy— Marty Wingate shows how to plan now for next summer’s garden sanctuary

Have you ever wished your garden could feel more like a private hideaway? Perhaps your outdoor space has yet to be defined, or maybe the neighbors just added a second story that overlooks your back yard. Because winter is the best planning time for summer projects, this month I talk with Seattle garden writer Marty […]

It could be the right time to plant trees

With the days starting to get lighter in the coming weeks, people’s thoughts can quite rightly start moving towards what to do in their gardens in order to keep their green-fingered minds at ease. Winter is always the most boring time of the year for any keen horticulturalist but the one thing the time off […]

Four Favorite Small Trees—Planning next year’s garden? Don’t forget the trees.

There’s a gardening aphorism—“The best time to plant a tree?  Twenty years ago. And the second-best time to plant a tree? Now.” This month I’m looking back twenty years to my local Northwest experts—Roger Gossler of Gossler Farms, and Harold Greer of Greer Gardens who recommended that I plant these four small trees. Thanks, gentlemen, […]

Demand for gardening has ‘never been stronger’

There is an increasing number of people looking to get involved in gardening not only to feed themselves or for aesthetic reasons but also as a way to keep fit, it has been suggested. This is the claim of president and chief executive of the Chicago Botanic Garden Sophia Siskel after the institution announced that […]

Winter Surprise – Amaryllis

They were everywhere around the holidays—at groceries and big box stores— but despite their ubiquitous availability, Amaryllis can still surprise us. First, consider their name—it turns out they might not really be Amaryllis at all. Although Carl Linnaeus created the epithet  Amaryllis belladonna in 1753, it was originally applied to both South African and South […]