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Gardening trends and tips – Visalia Times-Delta – Visalia Times

The groundhog may have seen its shadow giving us six more weeks of winter, but lately, around Tulare County it’s beginning to feel like spring. 

With the sun shining and 70 degree temperatures headed your way, now might be the perfect time to start working in your garden. 

This year’s gardening trends will not only keep your yard looking beautiful but will spark relaxation, add a break from the chaos we all call life and actually help you live a happier and healthier life.

The Home Depot Gardening Club will make you stop and smell the roses in your own garden with this year’s gardening themes. 

Top gardening trends 

Purposeful gardening

This year try planting herbs to use in teas and vegetable to mix in to your every day meals. Also, opt for planting cut flowers such as daisies, sunflowers or dahlias to make bouquets for family and friends. 

Wabi-Sabi

This Japanese inspired trend is allowing gardeners to embrace the imperfection of a garden.  

So, enjoy the moss that grows on rocks in your yard or let wildflowers bloom. 

Extreme weather gardening

More people are opting for a drought tolerant garden and they can be just as beautiful as a typical garden. Succulents are a huge hit. They grow well in the warm climate and don’t need too much maintenance. 

One- pot creations

You may have heard on one pot dinner dishes that are simple yet full of bold flavor. Well, this trend is similar. Gardeners are taking one pot and filling it will multiple plants.

It saves time, is low maintenance and doesn’t take up too much space. 

Wellness gardens 

Gardeners are filling space inside and outside their home with vertical gardens or indoor vines. These help provide a sense of tranquility. 

Gardens are also a good place to meditate and relax from a busy work. 

“Research has shown an association between doing activities in natural environments and health, particularly in relation to stress,” said researcher and landscape architect Ulrika Stigsdotter. “Our ambition is that our nature-based therapy will get the same or better results as the cognitive behavior therapy group. I personally believe the positive effect will last longer.”

Green spaces provide a sanctuary from busy lives, says horticultural therapist Mitchell Hewson. His tips for creating a therapy garden of your own:

  • Include vegetable- and fruit-producing plants — the ability to grow life-sustaining food strengthens feelings of self-sufficiency.
  •  Plant herbs that promote good health, and add fragrance to your surroundings.
  • Choose plants that can be dried and reused in crafts such as sachets or wreaths. You’ll double your enjoyment of the gardening experience.
  • Place a small bench or chair in a shady spot of the garden, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  •  Commit to spending a few minutes each day in your garden. Even in small doses, the fresh air, vitamin D and moderate exercise is good for you.
  • Make gardens accessible to those with physical limitations by using raised beds.

Upcoming Events:

Springfest 

Visalia is hosting the 25th annual Springfest 2018 on February 9, 10 and 11 at the Visalia Convention Center.

The event will feature more than 350 exhibits for your home and patio. It will have a gardening and landscaping section where you can meet with business or learn about a local club. 

It’ll cost you $5 to get in on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring Field Trip

The Hanford Garden Club is getting ready for their Spring field trip and are seeking any and all green thumbs to join.

This year, the gang will head to Filoli Historic House and Garden in Woodside, Ca. 

The trip will be held on March 24 and 25. A deposit of $25 for the bus and $17 for the Filoli Embassy is due on March 1. If interested contact Larry Wait at 341-2914. 

USA Today reporter, Julia Savacool contributed to this report. 

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