Rss Feed
Tweeter button
Facebook button

Archives for May 17, 2017

Gardening guru to share tips and tricks

Green thumbs rejoice – Sabrina Hahn will host a free gardening workshop in Bunbury in June.

Sabrina Hahn will host a free gardening workshop in Bunbury in June.

ABC’s gardening guru Sabrina Hahn is preparing to host a gardening workshop at the Leschenault Community Nursery in Bunbury.

Hahn is expected to share her knowledge on creating a waterwise garden which requires minimal fertiliser, without compromising on style and using resilient local native plants.

The aim is to encourage attendees to plant native species that require less water and fertiliser to reduce the run-off entering local waterways.

There will also be plenty of native plants for sale and nursery staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer additional gardening questions.

The free event will be held on Saturday, June 18 between 10am and 12pm at the Leschenault Community Nursery.

The workshop is made possible by the state government’s Royalties for Regions program funding of the Regional Estuaries Initiative.

Article source:

Oakleaf hydrangea should be in your garden

▪ Oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are blooming now. Grown in shade to part sun, this shrub has few problems. It features creamy white flowers, large leaves and excellent fall color. It blooms on new growth. There are some new varieties on the market that are worth a look. Oakleaf hydrangeas grow to 6-by-6-feet in time, so give them room to grow. This is a “Todd Terrific” shrub that no shade garden should be without!

▪ Keep buying annuals and perennials for color in the garden.

▪ Use a mulching mower when cutting the lawn. You will use 30 percent less fertilizer when grass clippings are left on the lawn. Thatch problems are not created by grass clippings left on a lawn that is mowed regularly.

▪ It’s time to prune all spring-flowering shrubs and trees, such as azaleas. Remember, do not shear azaleas. Instead, prune the branches individually to keep the plant in shape.

▪ Now is the time to pinch the tips of garden mums to keep them from flowering too early. And, if they already are blooming, just enjoy. As the flowers fade, cut the plants back by half, fertilize, and they will bloom again in the fall.

▪ Plant ornamental grasses for a super landscape look. Plant in a sunny location. Stay away from pampas grass. Instead, use dwarf grasses such as dwarf purple fountain grass or muhly grass.

▪ Remember, when undertaking any landscape project, start with designing and constructing/building the hardscapes first.

▪ More landscape tips and ideas are available weekly at

Article source:

Get Growing: 5 tips for a healthier, more productive garden

Special to the Reading Eagle: Robyn Jasko | After weeding, laying down a bed of paper or cardboard and a covering of straw or mulch, will keep out unwanted invaders.

Article source:

IN THE GARDEN: Tips for planting in containers – Entertainment …

If you don’t have the time or space for a traditional vegetable garden, or if you have physical limitations, try your vegetables, fruits and herbs in containers! Many edibles will flourish in pots, are easy to care for and let you focus on only what you want to grow. It’s also an easy way to get the kids involved in gardening by letting them adopt a pot of something good to eat!

Types to Grow

For the first timer, try tomatoes, strawberries, leafy crops, green onions, herbs, squash, radishes or cucumbers. Peppers, eggplant and beans are also good choices. Look for terms such as “patio,” “dwarf” or “bush” when selecting your plants. These varieties are bred for container culture. When looking at tomatoes, “determinate” varieties are easier. These are smaller plants and normally produce the fruit earlier versus “indeterminate” which are bigger plants and need sturdy support. There are also many fruits available for containers, including blueberries and raspberries. Don’t be afraid to try any edible in a container.

Grow “Up”

When growing vining crops such as cucumbers or squash, consider growing vertically using a trellis or other support such as a cage or pole. Just be sure the support measures up to the size and weight of the fruits it will carry.

Containers and soil

Anything can be a container, provided it is made of material which is safe for edibles and has drainage holes. Five gallon buckets make great containers; just add drainage holes. Avoid using clay pots since these dry out quickly. Use quality potting soil, not garden soil and add organic matter such as compost.

Fertilizer and water

Container edibles must never dry out; watering will be your biggest challenge since containers will dry out fast on a hot day. Vegetables in containers will need lots of nutrients too; add a water-based fertilizer once a week.

Cornell has an excellent fact sheet to help you get started. Visit their Garden Based Learning site at; click on “Garden Guidance” and then “Food Gardening” for more information.


Rosanne Loparco is a master gardener volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. Look for more gardening tips in the Times Telegram or online at

Article source:

Ashland Women’s Auxiliary breaks ground for new prayer garden

Members of the Ashland University Women’s Auxiliary — (from left) Kim Boyd, Karen Campo, Lani McKnight, Margaret Ann Hess, Barb Camp and Jan Archer — break ground for the new Prayer Garden on the east side of the Miller Chapel in Ashland. (Submitted Photo)

Article source:

How to: Designing a magical moonlight garden for clients

moonlight garden flowersMost gardens and landscapes are designed to be enjoyed in brilliance of the sun, but moonlight gardens are designed to thrive in the twilight.

These type of gardens can be mysterious and magical as silver and white plants appear to glow in the evening. They can be found everywhere from state parks such as Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park to humble backyards.

Contrary to popular belief, moonlight gardens are not filled with flowers that only bloom at dusk, nor are only white flowers used.

“Moonlight gardening relates to plants that show off their textures, colors and sometimes their silhouettes from dusk into the moonlight hours,” Irene Barber, the coordinator of the Adult Horticulture Education Program for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, told Mother Nature Network.

Light colors like lavender, chartreuse, buttery yellow and soft pink can all achieve a nice glow when basked in moonlight. Adding silvery, gray and variegated foliage can also help add contrast to the garden.

Because of the different growing requirements of the various plants that do well in moonlight gardens, it’s better to spread these plants throughout the garden rather than in one spot that is often drenched in moonlight.

It’s also a good idea not to get caught up with only low-growing foliage and flowers. Add some height by selecting vertical growing plants like snapdragons, foxgloves and rose of Sharon, growing climbing vines up a white trellis or adding trees with light colored bark.

Aside from white and light-colored flowers, another popular feature of moonlight gardens are the night-time fragrances. While the sweet smells in the air a certainly a treat, they also serve a practical purpose in attracting nighttime pollinators such as moths or bats.

Flowering tobacco, angel’s trumpet, night jasmine, night phlox and four o’clocks are just a sampling of some of the fragrant flowers that give off their scent in the evening/night.

Some of the other design elements that you can work to include are light colored hardscaping elements, such as paving, fencing, arbors and benches. White garden ornaments can also be used. It is important to keep off-white flowers away from those that are truly white, otherwise it can make the other plant’s color look dingy.

Reflective surfaces are an excellent way to capture the moonlight and scatter it around the space, whether it be glass objects, mirrored tile or a water feature with a slick surface. If the customer already has a pond, night-blooming water lilies like ‘Red Flare’ and ‘Charles Tricker’ are good additions to a nighttime display.

For new moon nights, or when it is merely a sliver, soft outdoor lighting can step in to fill the gap, but it is important they are not too bright, otherwise the illusion will be shattered.

There are numerous flowers that can be used in a moonlight garden including New Guinea impatiens, petunias, dahlias, clematis and bellflowers, but the one iconic plant you should always strive to include in a moonlight garden is the moonflower.

Here is a list of some of the plants used in moonlight gardens, but it is better to pick a few favorites and practice repetition. Plant material should be selected based on varying shape, sizes, texture and height as well as growing needs.

Presented By:

Article source:

Westfield Girl Scouts earn award for garden design and planting | NJ …


Girl Scout Cadettes from Holy Trinity School’s Troop #40302, Margot Motyczka, Isabela Allen and Martha Byrne, have earned their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette can earn.  Their project, Planting the Seeds of History, was to research, design, and plant a Perennial Victorian Garden on the grounds of the Westfield Historical Society’s Reeve History and Cultural Center.  Each girl devoted over 50 hours of service to the enhancement of this community treasure.  They will receive their awards at the town-wide ceremony later in May.

This item was submitted by Gretchen Byrne.

Article source:

America in Bloom president offers gardening tips during Tulip Time

Greenery and fragrant plants should be the focus of local gardeners.

At tables adorned with the bells of the ball, Tulip Time visitors dined at Haworth Inn and soaked up gardening tips from America in Bloom President Katy Moss Warner.

Nearly 100 participants listened in to the Tuesday, May 9, keynote speaker, who spent 24 years and the Walt Disney World director of horticultural and environmental initiatives.

Throughout Moss Warner’s career, she has been fighting what she calls “plant blindness,” an inability people have to actively recognize the landscape around them.

“We are not only plant blind, but also nature beauty blind,” Moss Warner said at the luncheon. “We just don’t see the landscape around us. That’s a pretty scary thought.”

Now, Moss Warner focuses on proving the power plants have to improve communities.

“Really well-maintained parks in a community can reduce the crime rate and a canopy of trees overhead slows down traffic,” she said. Familiar to Holland residents, Moss Warner also said quality landscaping and focus on plants can bring significant tourism to communities.

“There’s no question that quality of landscapes contribute to quality of life,” she said.

While parks and community gardens are a great start to community beautification, there is a responsibility for homeowners to take part, too. Moss Warner said no matter what kind of home someone lives in, residents can help improve their community.

For those living in apartments, Moss Warner said to utilize window boxes and planters on balconies.

Residents with yards have a wider variety of options, and Moss Warner encouraged homeowners to experiment with their gardens.

“Get away from lawns,” Moss Warner said. “They’re boring and they’re only good for walk-on ground cover. Plus, then you don’t have to mow.”

Moss Warner said people should first focus on trees, shrubs and ground cover in front yard gardens.

“The most important thing is to deliver green,” Moss Warner said. “We can create beauty for others to enjoy as they walk, bike and drive by. We can do it all by ourselves.”

Then, gardeners should focus on seasonal flowers, including how to get creative during winter.

“You’re lucky, here, that you have something that celebrates spring,” Moss Warner said. “There’s such wonderful surprises in specialty tulips.”

While most people focus on color and height when planting new additions to their gardens, Moss Warner said people should also take note of fragrance levels. Flowering bushes like lilacs and roses are best to plant near front sidewalks, encouraging neighbors and visitors to stop and appreciate the aromatic flowers.

Moss Warner said backyard gardens are most suitable to lawns, overhead trees, natural shrub fences and low maintenance perennial flowers. Backyards are also the best spot for herbs and produce gardens.

As an America in Bloom community, Moss Warner said she was impressed with the gardening and landscaping ideas she sees in Holland.

“Would I want to live here? After I leave Holland, I always answer yes to that question,” Moss Warner said. “It’s a great community to live in.”

— Follow this reporter on Twitter @SentinelAudra.

Article source:

13 Urban Garden Ideas for Small Spaces

A little greenery can go a long way when it comes to sprucing up your home in a urban environment. Not only do plants and flowers clean the air, boost your mood, smell wonderful, and brighten your space, but they are key to crafting a home in a big city. We love how actress Julianne Moore transformed her New York City backyard with trees, plants, and herbs, creating a playful, romantic sanctuary. If you aren’t blessed with a green thumb, you can follow a Manhattan townhouse’s lead with artificial sod. Read on for these and other small-space garden ideas.

Article source:

BAM! tops sustainable dwelling in argentina with verdant roof profile

an energy independent single-family home has been built in the san isidro district of buenos aires, argentina. throughout the residence, there is a focus on natural light, landscaping and garden views. the plan is punctuated with landscaped courtyards and vegetable gardens which appear on the multi-leveled roof.

all images © jeremias thomas



landscape and architecture work together to create a strong sense of enclosure; a concept that the architects in charge- BAM! followed while constructing MeMo house. the building’s footprint serves as a three-dimensional garden that can be accessed from all the floors. the layout has generated a topographic play with a system of green ramps that connect the ground floor with the first floor and the roof, thus creating a continuous garden terrace.

the home follows the idea of creating a three-dimensional garden which connects all the architectural floors



the location, orientation, the morphology of the volume all responds to the sun path to make the most of solar energy. as a result, this influenced the positioning of the vegetation, choice of materials for the envelope and also the incorporation of other environmental systems. this included rainwater harvesting, a waster water technology that has been installed to irrigate the roof garden. photovoltaic panels are also present to supply power for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.

a seamless connection between outside and inside is achieved



the result is an innovative project with an optimal spatial quality, requiring the minimum use of resources and most importantly, underline the beneficial impacts on the environment and health of its inhabitants. openness and flexibility is evident throughout, with the light-filled spaces leading onto the private landscape but at the same time, privacy is lost inside the most intimate spaces.

the home is occupied by  a woman who lives  alone most of the time but needs space for working, friends and her sons



‘we conceived the sustainability of the project as a path, not as a goal. hence, we based our plan on the LEED standards and incorporated the concepts of durability and economy which are fundamental in our architectural works.’ comments BAM! arquitectura ‘we approached the path of sustainability by choosing a sustainable lot where the owner can perform most of her activities on foot or on a bicycle, and she can also use native vegetation in her gardens. this restored the natural landscape and reduced rainwater effluent.’

large glass façades invite light and views

the ground floor communal spaces lead onto a large graden planted with native vegetation

the home is finished mostly in concrete

a half-garden and half-ramp leads up to the top rooftop level

the design allows the same amount of natural light to be received from all areas of the house









Article source: