Many people in the midst of afternoon drinking (I’m not talking to my aunts, or am I?) have been known to say, “It’s five o’clock somewhere.”  Regarding certain tough little plants I believe there must be a similar saying, “It’s …

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Victory Gardens for the 21st Century

What does the lawn represent to you?  To many it is a word like yard or garden, that space in which we try to work the elements of nature into our own private ecosystem.  To others, it is the expanse …

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Lesser Celandine a Major Challenge

If you’ve been out in the garden during our mild spells you may have noticed clumps of rich green, glossy leaves appearing as low carpets in your lawn or flower beds. You may be witnessing lesser celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly …

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     Winter is a great opportunity for gardeners.  Don’t let the naysayers drag you down with talk of shorter days and all that brown and gray, because someone who truly appreciates nature and their garden can find beauty in all …

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A Winter Harvest Garden

     If you are like me, now is the time of year you begin coveting all the beautiful cut greens and berry branches in markets, and perhaps in your neighbors’ yards.  However, many of these winter accents are costly, and …

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Deserved Rest for You and Your Perennials

The grounds here at the Civic Garden Center are gradually sauntering their way to bed.  It’s okay; after a year like this, we’re all tired and many gardeners desire to institute a scorched earth policy in the garden. However, it …

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