A Christmas home in bloom

Looking for unique ways to add something festive to your holiday décor? Consider including a collection of seasonal live houseplants to the mix. Colorful living plants brighten the atmosphere in a room. Having scented, living plants around us adds to the love, laughter, and joy we seek when we host gatherings during this season of cheer and goodwill. If you’re…

Where Guests Gather

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to incorporate nature into your table décor. The color palette is rich and vibrant, the components are inexpensive, and you can create beautiful centerpieces with minimal fuss.

Garden Hibernation

Sadly, after such a late spring, our warm summer days have faded. Leaving our gardens ready for slumber. Here are five key things to remember when tucking them in for the winter.

New Growth

 Article Mary Walcker  September is a great time to think about planting new shrubs and trees in your landscape.  Many experts agree that in the fall, tree and shrub roots are naturally growing aggressively, aided by warm soil and cooler, wetter weather. The cooler temps that fall brings are best for new root growth. Keep newly planted trees or shrubs…

Final Days of Summer Gardening

 Article Mary Walcker  Even though summer is winding down, your garden still needs attention. Here are some important tips for August gardening to keep it looking its best into fall and winter.  Water, water, water! Make sure everything is getting enough water, about an inch per week for most plants. The best time to water is always in the morning…

The Secret to Healthy Plants

 Article Mary Walcker  Don’t Drown Your Plants with Too Much Water  Did you know that over-watering is usually considered the most common cause of early plant death? If you overwater your plants, they become vulnerable to disease. Heavy, waterlogged soil compacts and smothers plant roots causing suffocation, root rot and plant death by drowning, disease or infestation.

Bee Friendly Gardening

 Article Mary Walcker  According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there are approximately 400 native bee species in Minnesota. Because of the diversity of bees, it is important to provide an array of plants to support their pollination efforts.  What is Pollination?

Autumn Growth

Fall is in full swing and now is a great time to think about planting new shrubs and trees in your landscape. Many experts agree that in the fall, tree and shrub roots are naturally growing aggressively, aided by warm soil and cooler, wetter weather. The cooler temps that fall brings are best for new root growth. Keep newly planted…

Preserving the Flavors of Summer

Do you enjoy eating juicy tomatoes grown from your garden in the summer and in the middle of winter? If the answer is “yes” then you are among the growing number of people that grow and harvest their food from earth to plate. There is such a satisfaction in growing your own food, eating it fresh and canning it to…

Hydrangeas, Here to Stay

Hydrangeas are versatile, easy to grow and a wonderful addition to the garden landscape. First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydro” meaning water and “angos” meaning jar or vessel. Hydrangeas have 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia,…