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Gardeners offered help to increase enjoyment

A horticultural expert has provided US gardeners with a number of tips in the Seattle Times as part of an effort to make their experience more enjoyable. According to Valerie Easton, a freelance journalist and author of A Pattern Gardener, gardening at home and in the greenhouse is likely to assume increased importance in the […]

Rhode Island hosts garden event

Gardeners in the Northeast will this week be heading to Rhode Island in search of inspiration to take back to their yards and greenhouses. The Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show opens today and will feature 30 gardens covering 2,000 square feet. With a Gardens of the World theme, attendees will be treated to […]

Gardeners seek to attract butterflies

Despite caterpillars at times being the bane of gardeners‘ lives, some are deliberately planting caterpillar-friendly species to help attract butterflies to their gardens and greenhouses, it has been reported. The Galveston County Daily News suggests that the “gems of the insect world” are becoming sought-after garden attractions due to their ability go “delight children and […]

Northwest Flower and Garden Show is here

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show begins tomorrow in Seattle‘s Convention Centre. Lasting four days, the event should give gardeners ideas to take back home to their own greenhouses. Offering horticulturalists the chance to see a range of gardens that have taken up to nine months of planning, the show has been running for two […]

Gardeners advised to be savvy when buying mail order plants

Gardeners have been warned to take care when ordering plants online as they will often be smaller than those available in a local gardening centre or greenhouse sale. Louisiana website thetowntalk.com‘s Dan Gill advises gardeners to go to their local greenhouse and touch and inspect any plants before buying them. He also said on the […]

Take care when choosing position of greenhouse or veg patch

Would-be gardeners looking to start growing their own vegetable gardens should begin by having their soil tested and preparing and acquiring the right tools, according to fredricksburg.com. The website recently published an article advising those who wish to start growing their own food. It suggested that gardeners position their vegetable plot in a sunny area […]

Master Gardeners launches kids’ competition

A competition has been launched in lower Columbia to awaken young people‘s interest in gardening. The Value Gardens Poster Contest is open to kids from grade one to grade 12 and requires them to create a poster based on the theme, “Why do people garden?” According to TDN.com, first place in each category receives $50 […]

Time to start preparing for spring

With spring fast-approaching, gardeners have a limited amount of preparation time left to ensure they are ready for the growing season. Horticulturalist Dr William Johnson recently advised readers of the Galveston Daily News that tomatoes are one of the easiest crops to grow and February is the best time to plant. He explained that there […]

Spring brings gardening tutorials back to life

As winter begins to fade, a host of gardening events are likely to spring up around the US, with countless garden and greenhouse tips to be gained from top professionals. One such occurrence is the annual Spring Gardening Workshop in Branson, Missouri. The event will include a number of presentations hosted by the Master Gardeners […]

Great time to educate kids in the garden and greenhouse

As spring approaches, garden expert Jane Ford has been encouraging readers of news-sentinal.com to introduce their children and grandchildren to the pleasures of gardening. Ms Ford suggests that kids are like sponges ready to be filled with information and that passing on gardening and greenhouse skills is a worthwhile way of helping them grow. “Children […]

Gardening can help keep the elderly well

Following the recent study that showed gardening could benefit the male sex drive, separate research has shown that regular effort in the garden and greenhouse could be beneficial to older people‘s general health. The study, carried out by Kansas State University researchers and published in HortTechnology, noted that certain activities such as raking, digging and […]

Master Gardeners hosts seminars

Gardeners in Galveston County, Texas, will soon have the opportunity to attend a number of seminars that will help them improve their garden and greenhouse skills. The seven classes are being laid on by the Galveston County Master Gardeners and will kick off with a useful kitchen gardens seminar. Attendees will be treated to an […]