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SECOND CHANCES

What’s new in the world of rebloomers Story by Helen Newling Lawson In 1995, there was a revolution in the plant world. That’s the year Encore Azalea hit the market. Suddenly, a classic spring bloomer was also a fall bloomer. We asked Buddy Lee, the noted plant breeder and horticulturist who developed Encore azaleas, if …

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ORGANIC vs. CONVENTIONAL

Are we thinking about seeds all wrong? By Jeanne Grunert Seeds. Those tiny capsules of genetic wonder, containing all that will become a juicy tomato, a magnificent oak, a beautiful rose, or a mischievous morning glory. Go into any garden center on a spring day and you’ll see racks upon racks of seeds. Frugal gardeners …

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EAT IN THE SHADE

How to grow healthy and delicious produce without 8 hours of sunlight By Julie Thompson-Adolf Dreaming of delicious heirloom tomatoes? Pining for perfect peppers? Living with a shady garden presents challenges, particularly if your gardening niche focuses on edibles. As a gardener who prefers peas and pac choi to petunias, I’ve learned to search out …

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WHIMSICALITY BY THE LAKE

Story and Photography by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The lovely imaginative lakeside garden of Ruth and Peter Kovacs in Baton Rouge’s Oak Hills Park is filled with many charming expressions of Ruth’s creative spirit. This unique tribute to fancifulness was one of the four gardens featured on Hilltop Arboretum’s 2018 Spring Garden Tour. According to Ruth, …

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Photo by Monica Hill.

REACH FOR THE MOON

Try a moon garden to enjoy the cooler evening hours Story by Jennifer Williams Moon gardens are becoming more popular in the gardening world. Gardeners are looking at new ways to enjoy their landscapes, and in the South, our hot summer temperatures may make it hard to sit outside and enjoy the view during the …

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HUMBLE EARTH GARDEN

By Leslie Leonpacher Humble Earth garden … the name doesn’t quite do this place justice. If by being humble you mean that this garden provides a sustainable, renewable environment then perhaps it is aptly named, but it is so much more. Sanctuary, nurturing environment …  however you label it, for some creatures these places are …

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MARVELOUS MELONS

Canteloupe is a delicious melon for your summer garden Story and Photos by Christine Coker When we purchase “cantaloupe” in a U.S. grocery store, what we’re used to seeing is a fruit with an outer surface that consists of netting, an orderly mosaic pattern, that sits atop and covers the outermost skin. We may or …

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POLLY WATTS

The joyful work of gardening By Meaghan Clark   Photo by Johan Lenner Running a business can be stressful and time consuming. Running an award-winning pub, raising children as a single parent, and still finding time to create a garden that is an oasis of beauty in an urban setting is more than admirable – it’s …

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PATIO PERFECT

Creating a lush garden escape on your patio Story and Photos by Jennifer Williams An elaborate lush landscape in our backyards is typically thought of as large palms, Canna, Hibiscus, along with a swimming pool and some additional water features. Not everyone has the space for such an elaborate setup, but even a small patio …

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