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Tulsa Home & Garden Show to present home renovation inspiration this weekend



Booth operators and their helpers set up stations at last year’s Tulsa Home amd Garden Show. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file

Tulsa Home and Garden Show

Where: River Spirit Expo at Tulsa County fairgrounds

Hours: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 13; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

Tickets: $8 for adults. Children under 12 may attend for free when accompanied by a paid adult.


Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00 am

Tulsa Home Garden Show to present home renovation inspiration this weekend

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With the ground finally starting to thaw after that oppressive winter, it’s time to turn your attention back to the yard.

Need inspiration? That’s where the 2015 Tulsa Home Garden Show comes in, once again sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa. Now in its 66th year, the show will be held Thursday through Sunday at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square in the Tulsa Fairgrounds.


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Mark Priess, 2015 chairman of the event and a 15-year veteran of the show, said there should be plenty of home improvement suggestions to experience as the 500 slots of exhibitor space are completely sold out.

“We’ve got exhibitors on a waiting list now,” he said.

One of the exhibitors will be Ahmed Hassan, landscape expert and original host of HGTV and DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. Hassan will lead the how-to stage, which will offer all kinds of landscaping ideas. Preiss said members of the audience will be able to talk with him and get his thoughts on their potential projects.

New this year is the garden showcase: 14,000 square feet of displays created by 16 local landscaping companies. The exhibit is designed to showcase the latest trends in outdoor design, including water features, landscaping material and pergolas. The Tulsa Master Gardeners will have an educational booth nearby.

Additionally, Reasor’s will sell floral arrangements on-site. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Community Food Bank’s Food for Kids Program.

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Mid Ohio Home Show this weekend

Looking for some great new home improvement ideas and products for your home as spring and summer approach, or just feel like getting out of the house after this long, cold winter?

Visit the Mansfield Noon Optimist Club’s Mid Ohio Home Show at the Richland County Fairgrounds this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It will be bigger than ever, with approximately 85 exhibitors occupying 130 booths in two buildings at the fairgrounds.

Exhibitors will offer a variety of information about projects ranging from home improvement and lawn care to financial services. Exhibits include basement waterproofing, chiropractic services, custom granite, invisible fencing for pets, kitchen and bath design, landscaping, pest control, security systems, storage buildings, telephone systems, well drilling and woodworking.

Sponsored by the Mansfield Noon Optimist Club, Shearer Equipment, Schmidt Security and News Journal Media, the home show is a fundraiser for the Optimists Club’s projects. Optimists provide scholarships to area youths, including the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program. This year Optimists plan to give four scholarships to area high school seniors heading to college.

Optimists last year provided camperships to kids for Friendly House camps, provided funds for Little League and purchased 30 e-readers for an elementary school and life preservers for the Ohio Society of Boating Safety Council, along with donations to dozens of other community projects.

“We have been doing the show since 1972, first at the old Mansfield Coliseum, then at the Richland Mall and now at the fairgrounds for the last 11 years,” said Bill Spurling of the Mansfield Noon Optimist Club.

“We have a lot of ideas for home improvements,” he said, including displays by local companies who provide windows, baths, awnings, landscaping and garage doors and more.

The Mansfield Kiwanis Club will offer a pancake breakfast Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. And new this year is a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The Mansfield Optimist Service Club and the Kiwanis Club are service organizations, and all proceeds from the pancake breakfast and spaghetti dinner will go toward Kiwanis Club projects.

Home show hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Parking costs $3 per car, but it is free if you attend the pancake breakfast.

The Mansfield Noon Optimist Scholarship Fund will sell $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 1984 cherry red Fiero, donated by Grace Street Car Wash. The drawing will take place at the fairgrounds at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds will go to youth projects. Tickets can be purchased at Eberts Heating and Cooling, 896 Ashland Road; or any Mansfield Noon Optimist Club member.

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Loveland knows how to whip winter

The Loveland Dairy Whip celebrated opening day with 86 degree temperatures on a hot summer day July 8, 1955.

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Sixty years later it was 63 degrees colder for opening day at the Loveland Dairy Whip Friday, Feb. 27. Still, opening day signaled the arrival of springtime in Loveland. Tony Westley brought his son Ben and ben’s friend Jacob directly from school wearing custom made LDW Opening Day T-shirts. Rich Benney was the first official customer at the “Whippy Dip Girls” window.

“I remember coming last year with my girlfriend,” Benney said. “I just like regular vanilla. I used to like the chocolate dips, caramel on top, and then the cherry sundaes are pretty good. I just stack them all up.”

Customers lined up at the window for the traditional first taste of spring. Local TV news crews admitted their surprise as a steady stream of customers rolled through the drive-thru and the walk-up erasing any doubts LDW would deliver springtime, even in the cold and snow. Bundled up in a winter coat, Jude Ribar wore a wide smile, licked his vanilla “Nerd” cone, and sat on the picnic table after a long day of errands with Jamie Smith.

“This is 12 years for me,” Jen Morgan said as she and fellow “Whippy Dip Girl” Jordan Deardoff served up everyone’s soft-serve ice cream favorites including the Chocolate Mountain, Peanut Butter Krusher, the E.T. Parfait, along with the Clown Sundae, Gummy Monster, and the Just Eyes Sundae for kids.

Deardoff is in her 10th year as part of the LDW crew affectionately known as the Whippy Dip Girls. Jen Morgan is the daughter of Rick and Teresa Morgan, current owners of the dairy whip. Teresa has been part of the tradition 43 of the 60 years since Helene Brennan dipped the first cone at the cinder block building at 611 W. Loveland Ave.

“We are the longest standing owner right now,” Rick Morgan said.

It all started for Teresa when her parents Marian and Jim Flint bought the business from Polly and Thomas Reagan in 1972. She and her sister Rita worked there when they were kids until the Flints sold it to Joan and Peter Glatte in 1986. Rick and Teresa went in with her sister Rita and brother-in-law Mike Jones to buy it back in 1993. The Morgans became sole owners when they bought out the Joneses in 2001. This will be 23 years for Rick and Teresa. It has been in the Flint family for 43 years.

“My parents had it 14 years,” Teresa said. “It’s how our kids grew up. Each year it gets more and more nostalgic. I always loved doing it as a kid.”

All those years add up to a lot of ice cream, cones and baseball helmet sundaes too. Based on averages over the 60 years, Morgan’s figured they’ve pumped about 252,000 gallons of soft-serve ice cream into about 2.52 million ice cream cones. Cincinnati Reds are the hottest selling baseball helmet sundaes. The hottest team of the season usually sells second most every year. Overall, the Cubs are the second favorite.

“Because we’re always out of Cubs helmets,” Morgan said.

They’re never out of fun or ideas for new ice cream treats. Morgan remembers concoctions that came and went just about as fast as they came like the “Puddle Jumper Sundae.” It was a rainy day special that flopped because they had to go out in the rain to put up the sign for it. Chocolate Chipper sundaes came and went along with her dad’s Ducky Bar – like the DQ Dilly Bar – took too long to make just three at a time.

“These were all early on,” she said. “As they got smarter, more logical, things like this went out. Nowadays, the rule of thumb is if you haven’t worked the window for a season, you don’t get to give ideas.”

This year the new concoction is the “Just Eyes Sundae” an ice cream sundae with eyes all over it. Opening day also revealed major new improvements inside and out. The old walk-in freezer was removed opening up a whole new workstation to better serve the drive-thru. A back wall was removed and a new walk-in freezer, double the size of the old one, was added.

Outside improvements are more visible with new cement driveway aprons and concrete picnic table pads which started last season. The parking lot has been completely repaved, there’s a newly marked drive-thru lane, expanded marked parking area on the side and in back, new fencing, and the new sign. It has been a step-by-step process acquiring all the property surrounding the original site. Plans are in place for landscaping too.

The new sign is Rick’s favorite. It started out as a poster in the window from a photo of a real banana boat. It evolved into a postcard and KS design created the wood-carved replica for the new sign out front.

“I love the sign,” he said. “We’re always trying to improve the customer experience. We’re always trying to find the best for our customer.”

“Opening day was fabulous thanks to a lot of hard work on Rick’s end and people like Todd Osborne getting the word out on Facebook,” Morgan said. “Social media was big. Yes it’s a big deal to be 60 years. Watch for celebration specials this summer.”

Loveland Dairy Whip

Open March – September

2 p.m. to 9 p.m. spring and fall and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. summer

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Planning for garden success

There’s still a bit of snow on the ground so while you’re impatiently waiting for it to melt and the soil to be workable, spend some time planning so you are ready to dig in.

Location: Make a copy of your plat of survey. On the copy, you can note size and position of your deck, patio, existing trees, gardens, and other large structures.

Light conditions: Typically the north sides of houses are shadier while south and west sides will get the full heat of the sun. Eastern exposures usually get morning sun. Remember that trees or other large structures in your yard can also affect sun or shade conditions.

Watering: Does the area stay wet or is it dry unless watered? Do you have a water source close by? These factors will help you decide which types of plants will grow best.

Maintenance: Consider your time and how often you will be able to or want to work in the garden. What tasks do you like or dislike? Is your site new construction? Are you updating an established area in your yard? All these factors will help decide your plant selections and placement.

Plants: So many of the natives, shade and sun-loving plants all have blooms and foliage to give your garden beauty throughout the year. You can search the Online Plant Guide at to find plants that are specific to our climate and will work in your site conditions.

Tools: Take stock of your tools, they may need some cleaning and sharpening.

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Targeting invaders: Plants, fish and more banned

New statewide regulations go into effect on Tuesday that will ban the sale, purchase and transportation of a long list of invasive plants that have been wreaking havoc in Hudson Valley landscapes for decades.

The list of 69 banned plants includes some home and commercial landscaping favorites such as Japanese barberry, autumn olive, privet, multiflora rose, yellow iris, and several types of bamboo, spurge and honeysuckle.

The list also includes the invasive vines porcelain berry and Oriental bittersweet, the two vines that are attached like hairnets to so many of the beautiful trees along the Saw Mill, Taconic and Palisades parkways. These vines may have begun their life on suburban backyard trellises, and then they escaped into the woods and are now strangling and pulling down the trees.

The banned plants include many well-known enemies in our meadows and forests such as purple loosestrife, garlic mustard, kudzu, Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, mile-a-minute vine, and Japanese stiltgrass. (Find a link to the complete list near the end of this article)

The regulations do not require homeowners, nature preserves or municipalities to go in and pull out existing invasive plants.

Along with invasive plants, there will also be a ban on other invasive species, including 15 fish, 17 aquatic invertebrates (snails and clams), 13 terrestrial invertebrates (insects such as the Asian longhorn beetle and hemlock wooly adelgid), five vertebrates (such as the mute swan) and seven species of algae, fungi and bacteria.

Another 29 species — including the hugely popular foundation shrub Euonymus alatus, also known as burning bush, and Norway maple trees — will be “regulated,” meaning that they can’t knowingly be introduced on or near public lands or natural areas.

A one-year grace period is included in the regulations for Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), during which time nurseries can sell existing stock.

“What it means for me as a home gardener is that some of the most widely used invasive plants will now be prohibited,” said Karalynn Lamb of Croton-on-Hudson.

“My hope is that this will increase people’s awareness,” Lamb said. “I don’t think people are making the connection between the invasive plants in their yards and what they see in the forest. The birds are eating the berries and introducing the plants into the understory.”

“Between the deer and all the other ecological threats that are going on, this is something that most people can get a fix on — and start removing these invasive plants,” said Lamb, who is on the board of directors of Saw Mill River Audubon.

“It’s very easy to be overwhelmed, but small changes can make a difference,” Lamb added.

Interestingly, many of these problematic invasive plants are also deer resistant, meaning that these are the plants that desperate homeowners overrun with deer have turned to as a last resort for landscaping around their houses and in their gardens.

The regulations will be enforced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation with assistance from the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

“It’s a start, it’s a start,” said Carol Capobianco, director of the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla. “Some people want to see more plants on the lists, but this will evolve as more plants become problematic.”

“A lot of the plants on the list, no nurseries sell these,” Capobianco said. “But then you get down to the bamboos and other plants they do sell.”

“It will be interesting to see what the industry does,” Capobianco said. “We’re trying to educate nurseries, to say, ‘Hey, go native, you don’t need to sell the exotic cultivars.’ Hopefully, they are recognizing that people want to use native plants.”

Lamb hopes that removing invasive vines and other plants will become part of everyone’s routine yard maintenance.

“When you mow the lawn, clip a vine,” Lamb said. “Maybe now we have some hope of controlling some of these things that have already bolted the stable.”


Learn to identify the invasive plants: See the lists of banned and regulated plants at the state Department of Environmental Conservation DEC website:

April 2 workshop: The Native Plant Center is co-sponsoring a workshop with Westchester County on April 2 that focuses on the reason for the regulations, how the industry and home gardeners can adapt, and what native plants to use as alternatives for a more sustainable environment. It runs from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. $10, including continental breakfast. Details and registration form:

March 28 Vine SWARM: Major vinecutting event on the Bronx River, sponsored by a consortium of environmental groups, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1 Haarlem Ave., White Plains. Access is from Exit 24 (Fisher Lane) on the Bronx River Parkway. Details and registration:

Vinecutting on Bronx River Parkway: BRP Conservancy,

Native Plant Center: It offers regular classes and its annual spring conference is on March 16.

Get involved with the Lower Hudson PRISM: The Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management includes parts of New York City and six counties on either side of the Hudson. There are eight PRISMs in the state. Information:


“Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants” by Douglas Tallamy. This is the groundbreaking book that has converted many traditional home gardeners into ecological landscapers.

“Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East” by Carolyn Summers of Hastings-on-Hudson

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Top 5 Best DIY Landscaping Books

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Landscape design can be an intimidating subject for even the most experienced gardener, and with good reason. Landscaping has to take into account a lot more considerations than gardening does, because you have the entirety of your yard to consider and it often involves a lot more construction projects then gardening. Landscapers are often found building walls, installing gravel paths, and using heavy power equipment. It can be very helpful to have a book to guide you on the subject, both for inspiration and planning and for specific step-by-step instructions.

1. Step-by-Step Landscaping by Better Homes and Gardens

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This is the newest edition of Better Homes and Gardens’ best-selling landscaping book, with 408 pages including over 700 photos and 100 step-by-step projects. The projects focus on home landscaping, grading, planting, deck building,edging, wall building, fences, water gardens, outdoor kitchens, sculpture and more. This book also includes a plant encyclopedia with full color photos to help you plan your landscape.

Price: $18.69

Buy Step-by-Step Landscaping by Better Homes and Gardens here.


  • Includes tons of how-to projects
  • Includes over 700 photos
  • Includes a full color plant encyclopedia


  • Does not go into a lot of detail on any one subject
  • More focused on plans than ideas
  • Follows a magazine layout

Find more Step-by-Step Landscaping by Better Homes and Gardens information and reviews here.

2. Taylor’s Master Guide to Landscaping by Rita Buchanan

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Taylor’s Master Guide to Landscaping is a great book for anyone learning to do their own home landscaping, whether you are an experienced gardener or if you are completely new to landscape design. This book covers how to choose plants that are appropriate to your climate, avoid common mistakes, plant your landscape and plan for future growth. It also covers creating an outdoor living room, and design and build walks, paths, steps, fences, walls and hedges. There are separate chapters dedicated to individual types of plants, covering care for trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers and perennials.

Price: $27.26

Buy Taylor’s Master Guide to Landscaping here.


  • Good for experienced gardeners or beginners
  • A good comprehensive guide to landscape design and planning
  • Includes very in depth instructions


  • Not a lot of inspirational photos
  • Does not cover patio design
  • Some reviewers noted contradicting statements

Find more Taylor’s Master Guide to Landscaping information and reviews here.

3. The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden by Rick Darke

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The Living Landscape takes a different approach to landscape design than many DIY landscaping books. This book shows how to have a home landscape that not only provides beauty and structure to your yard, but also nourishes and fosters wildlife. This book teaches strategies for creating and maintaining a home landscape that meets your needs and preferences while also serving the needs of the wildlife communities in your local area. It covers native plants in detail and how they can work together to attract wildlife and keep it coming back.

Price: $25.27

Buy The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden here.


  • Covers native plants
  • Focuses on conservation
  • Teaches you the skills needed to attract wildlife


  • Does not cover how-to projects
  • Does not cover traditional landscape design topics
  • Only covers a certain ecoregion

Find more The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden information and reviews here.

4. Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy

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Rosalind Creasy, the author of Edible Landscaping, first popularized landscaping with edibles over 25 years ago. Today, there is a lot of interest in healthy eating, organic gardening and growing your own food. Creasy is an expert on both landscaping design and edible plants, and her book has been considered a classic since it was published in 1982. This new edition has been expanded upon with over 300 full color photos for inspiration. This book covers in detail how to plan a home landscape using vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries that will be attractive as well as provide delicious food. The book also features appendices that cover planting and maintenance, pest control and organic practices.

Price: $27.16

Buy Edible Landscaping here.


  • Includes over 300 color photographs of edible landscapes
  • Has examples of gardens all across the country
  • Focuses on an aspect of landscaping that other books do not cover


  • Some reviewers stated that the format is hard to follow
  • Some reviewers found the book to be repetitive
  • A lot of the information can be found online

Find more Edible Landscaping information and reviews here.

5. Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard by Pam Penick

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Lawn Gone is another book that takes a fresh new approach to landscaping design. This book focuses on ways to design, plant and maintain a beautiful and functional landscape as a replacement for the standard lawn. This approach has a lot of benefits, including less watering, no mowing, and saving money. It covers topics such as alternative grasses that don’t need mowing, drought-tolerant plants, regional recommendations, artificial turf, and step-by-step instructions on removing your lawn. This is a great book for both beginners and experienced gardeners looking to change their attitude towards home landscaping.

Price: $15.82, Kindle edition $10.99

Buy Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard here.


  • Focuses on sustainable landscaping practices
  • Includes recommendations for all around the country
  • Has a lot of new and innovative ideas


  • Reviewers mentioned there are not a lot of photos
  • Not all of the ideas focus on water-saving plants
  • Not a very long book

Find more Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard information and reviews here.


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Christie D’Anna
is Heavy’s gardening writer. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or tending her goats and sheep. You can contact Christie at

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Gangsta rap and garden tips highlight Monday’s events

Notice all that extra daylight you have to play with? Seems like a great reason to get out and about, even on a Monday. We suggest you cruise through our extensive event listings and Staff Picks to find something to do. 

No time to peruse? We’re here to help. Here are some highlights for Monday, March 9: 

LIVE BANDS | Warren G was a major part of the rise of gangsta rap in the early ’90s, as a bandmate of Snoop Dogg before he got famous, and as a step-brother of Dr. Dre. On his own, he had a monster hit with “Regulate,” and he’s touring to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary. Here’s our story about Warren G; he’s playing at the Red Room Lounge Monday night. Here’s a reminder of Warren G’s sound: 
ETC | The Spokane Conservation District is hosting an event to teach residents about landscaping, xeriscaping, composting, organic gardening — basically anything you need to know about making your yard and garden a magical place this spring. Did I mention it’s damn warm out there? Talk about perfect timing for the Backyard Conservation Stewardship Program, every Monday in March starting tonight. 

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC | If you’re 21 and want to showcase some talent behind the mic, hit up the Open Mic at Underground 15 Monday night — sign-up starts at 7 pm.

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Prairie gardens is the topic during March 16 Bay City Garden Club speaker …

BAY CITY, MI — The Bay City Garden Club hosts a program on the prairie style of garden design during its meeting on Monday, March 16.

The program begins at 11 a.m. in the Community Room at the Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library, 500 Center Ave. in downtown Bay City.

Robert Grese is to present a program titled “Prairie Style of Garden Design,” as practiced by Jens Jensen and O.C. Simonds in the Midwest.

Grese is the director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, professor of landscape architecture and the Theodore Roosevelt Chair in Ecosystem Management in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

He is a strong advocate of ecologically-based design and has lectured on the design of native gardens, early ecologically based landscape architects such as Jens Jensen and O.C. Simonds and ecological restoration.

Grese also authored “Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens.” His new book, “The Native Landscape Reader,” is a collection of writings on the native landscape by Jensen, Simonds and many of their contemporaries.

The meeting is free to the public.

For more information, call 989-262-8104.

If you go

What: Bay City Garden Club Speaker Series

Who: Robert Grese speaks on “Prairie Style of Garden Design”

When: 11 a.m. Monday, March 16

Where: Community Room at Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library, 500 Center Ave. in downtown Bay City

Admission: Free

Info: 989-262-8104 or

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Inspiring garden ideas from the Society of Garden Designers

In Gardening Picture Galleries

Weird and wonderful nominations for the 2015 Shed of the Year Competition  

Shed of the Year 2015

The 'Heath Light' exhibition runs until 23rd December at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead, London. 

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Eco shred crowned shed of the year 2014 winner 

In pics: Shed of the Year winners 2014

Chelsea Flower Show 2014 

Chelsea Flower Show 2014: in pics

Plan for the month ahead with our June Gardening Calendar 

Gardening Calendar

A hairy insect head 

Creepy crawlies up close


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