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Greensboro News & Record – Sunday Gardening Section

Greensboro News & Record – Sunday Gardening Section

You know there has to be some EXCITING NEWS for me to sit at my computer two nights in a row to share this with you.  What’s up? I hate to jump the gun on the Greensboro News & Record’s announcement, but if you don’t get the Sunday paper you might miss it!  Just in time for Spring, our LOCAL newspaper is introducing a LOCAL gardening section in the Sunday Life Section.  Starting THIS SUNDAY, March 22, 2015 subscribers in the Piedmont Triad will be reading about gardening news that is specific, timely and relevant to our own area!   N&R Life Section Editor, Cindy Loman, explains...

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Spring! Day 1 – Vegetables to plant NOW

Spring!  Day 1 – Vegetables to plant NOW

Was their ever a date gardeners so eagerly await as the first day of spring?  It is confirmation that the worst of winter is truly behind us, and in the Piedmont Triad area it is definitely time to start planting our vegetable gardens! If this is the first year you have grown vegetables, the most important thing to do is prepare your soil.  You will need to break up our compacted clay soil, add some lime to raise the pH to about 6.5, add 6 to 8 inches of compost and till it in.  Test both your native soil and the compost you are adding.  Soil testing is FREE in NC!  You can very easily...

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2015 Gardening Classes

2015 Gardening Classes

I am rushing to get all my "To Do's" done so I can leave for the beach with my stack of gardening journals and  a scratch pad to design my next garden renovation.  (Yes, I am hopelessly addicted!)  Even at the end of September the garden is hard to leave behind.   I cannot lie, I love gaudy plants! The good news is that the 2015 Garden Happy! Course Schedule is published.   I would love for you to make plans to be here with me next year to see the garden in 4 seasons, and learn how you can create your own personal paradise.  You may view the schedule and itinerary...

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Greensboro area Spring Gardening Events

Greensboro area Spring Gardening Events

Can you not wait to GET OUTSIDE?!!  That’s where I have been, loving every minute of this gorgeous spring!  It is “the pastel season” as my realtor, Betty Hill, explained when we moved here 13 years ago. The garden is my great escape.  I do not carry my cell phone out with me and I probably won’t return your call before dark when I come in for Chinese take-out or a peanut butter sandwich. Is it insane to drive 2 hours to Sanford, NC to spend 5 hours tromping through every inch of “Big Bloomers Greenhouses”? Then two hours driving home trying to remember the names of the 30 different...

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Guerilla Gardening

Guerilla Gardening

Ellen, can you tell me more about where to get the flower shells ? I have a friend who teaches gun safety, etc. especially to women and she might be interested in these. You might want her to come to your place to demonstrate the use of a shotgun for this purpose!   Wouldn’t be the first time you did something radical !  Thanks, Sandy Gotta say, I LOVE this idea!   Imagine shooting Greensboro's empty fields full of wild flower seed ... could be "guerilla gardening" at it's best!  Yes, Sandy I will be ready for a demonstration as soon as these hit the market!  (Hopefully in the near future.)...

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Extreme Gardening

Extreme Gardening

This quiet week between Christmas and New Year's could be my favorite of the year. It is the time when no one expects you to be home, much less answering the phone. Nothing is urgent, especially not in the garden.  It is my quiet time to reflect on the year that is almost over and look back on fun and interesting news I have been too busy to share. Here are a few of my favorite things – especially some EVENTS you won’t want to miss! Extreme gardening #1 -   Once every three years, there is an international competition in horticultural sculpture, called "mosaiculture," in a major city...

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2014 Gardening Class Schedule

2014 Gardening Class Schedule

There is much to be said for 5 days relaxing at the beach - no laundry, cooking, cleaning or deadheading roses,  just quiet time to put together plans for next year.  I am back and happy to announce that the 2014 Gardening Class Schedule is ready! Here is the link: https://www.learntogarden.net/2012-course-schedule/ .  At the top of the page is an option to download or print the schedule. Itineraries for the 8 gardening courses and bonus “Kitchen class” on Preserving the Harvest, are very similar to the past year. Students will also be invited to attend many private garden tours that...

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Gardener’s Event Calendar

Gardener’s Event Calendar

It is the end of September and officially Fall.  Even as my lovely summer Zinnias are fading the Salvia Leucantha, White Turtle Heads, Chrysanthemems, Tartarian Asters, Sedum 'Autumn Joy', and Boltonia are in their full glory.  My Encore Azales and the new Bloom-a-thons are reblooming  and the first chestnuts have dropped out of their thorny shells. Gardening is the #1 hobby in America, and Fall is the season again for festivals and garden events!   Here are things to add to your calendar that will expand your mind, improve your garden, and make you smile. The Guilford Horticultural...

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Road Trip

Road Trip

As an avid gardener, one of my greatest pleasures is to find fabulous new gardens to explore.  Fortunately, I have gardening friends who are excellent planners, so last week, off we went, four of us on a 3 day garden adventure! (Our hubbies were equally excited that they did NOT have to join us :-)) Gibbs Gardens in mountains of north Georgia was the highlight of the trip. The house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation's largest residential estate gardens.  After 30 years in the making, it just opened to the public last year. The Gibbs still live there hosting hundreds...

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Public Garden Events

Public Garden Events

  This is undeniably the most beautiful time of the year for Carolina gardeners. Here are some of my favorite spring garden events to feed our passion! Tony Avent’s Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh has a Spring Open House this weekend and next.  The dates are May 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th, 11th, 12th.  Here is a link to his website for more details:   http://www.plantdelights.com/OpenHouseDates.asp  If you have never been, plan a road trip with friends.  You will want to share this wonderful experience. On the way to Tony’s, stop in at the “Garden...

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