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Hydrangeas Demystified

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Hydrangea expert and author Lorraine Ballato has just spent 10 minutes telling me how difficult it is to make the plant bloom in a northern climate. Asked then why her property was filled with countless varieties of the shrub, she laughs and says, “because my heart belongs to them.” The No. 1 garden question in […]

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A Celebration of Seeds

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Warm morning sun filters through the windows of a conference room at the Grow Pittsburgh office in Pittsburgh. It’s 10 degrees outside, but around the table everyone is thinking about the upcoming gardening season. Alyssa Kail, the sustainability coordinator for the nonprofit, is thrilled to talk about a great free gardening event called A Celebration […]

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Photographing the Garden

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It was 1979 when I landed my first newspaper job as a photographer at my local paper, The Aurora (Ohio) Advocate. I worked at various papers in Ohio and Pennsylvania for the next 25 years as a photographer, photo editor and director of photography; but it was gardening that eventually won my heart. I took […]

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Winter Garden Checklist

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Winter is tough for gardeners, as the season drags on, the gardening itch becomes more intense. Here’s a few ideas to get you through until spring. Even though temperatures outside are dipping below 30 degrees, the late afternoon sun streaming through a large picture window has little radish sprouts standing tall. Discovering the Chefn Microgreen […]

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TomatoFest and Anthony Bourdain Tomato

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Gary Ibsen was surprised to hear from me as he picked up the phone in his California home. We had scheduled a morning interview, but neither of us realized we were in different time zones. The 74-year-old co-owner of TomatoFest was in the middle of his morning ritual with the love of his life, Dagma […]

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2019 Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

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The aisles were crowded and the conversations friendly at the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore, where many old friends met for this annual event. It’s a place where the customers are garden centers and nursery owners, looking for something new or better for their business. With more than 1,500 booths it can be […]

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Crowdfunding for Slippery Rock trees

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A walk down Main Street in Slippery Rock reveals empty patches of dirt every so often where ornamental pear trees once stood. Some of the other ‘Cleveland Select’ pear trees planted two decades ago are in decline, infected with a blight. That’s where the team of Luke Gregory and David Krayesky wants to help replace […]

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History of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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It was a gentlemen’s agreement between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Phipps that formed the genesis of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The conservatory is celebrating 125 years as a showcase for horticulture. “Andrew said he would build the libraries if Henry would build a conservatory,” says Phipps president and CEO Richard Piacentini. In 1889, $100,000 […]

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Growing Impatiens

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There’s not a lot for gardeners to do this month except for dreaming, planning and more dreaming. If you’re itching to get started, forget planting tomato or pepper seeds. Those veggies will get too gangly for planting. Wait until March to sow them. Focus instead on smaller seeds, such as impatiens. I can’t imagine a […]

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Chatham University Arboretum Winter Interest

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Huge sycamore trees along Woodland Road and throughout the campus of Chatham University tower over Kristen Spirl as she remarks on their seasonal beauty after it snows. “It’s really a beautiful sight. Right after the sun opens up, we have these sycamore trees, and the light hits their white bark,” she said with a smile. […]

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Gardening Calendar January

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January is the month to miss the garden, grow things inside and scour seed catalogs. Give your houseplants a shower. Take them all into the tub and let the water run over them. Not only will it flush out any salts in the soil, but it will also wash off the foliage. It’s important that […]

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A Special Christmas Cactus

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The long trailing branches of a family heirloom Christmas cactus cascade down nearly five feet, coming close to touching the floor in David and Kathy Brooke’s Natrona Heights home. The plant is covered with stunning red blooms that appear annually for the holiday and sometimes again in the spring. It belonged to Margaret Presutti Souse, […]

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Gardening with Kids – January

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Back in a strange and ancient time called the 1970s, terrariums were all the rage. These “far out” containers were filled with a variety of cool plants that were easy to grow. Even though mood rings, puka shell necklaces and Earth shoes have fallen by the wayside, terrariums are still around and gaining popularity. Making […]

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In the Dirt – Gardening December

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This is the month to look at the bones of the garden. Explore the landscape without the flash of stunning flowers and deep green foliage. It’s the best time to plan for next season. I take my garden journal out and walk the garden to scout for planting areas. It’s a fun thing to do […]

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Poinsettias

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Stepping out of the cold and into the cozy greenhouses at Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse in Clinton reveals an expansive sea of red, white and pink poinsettia bracts. That’s right, bracts, as the colors we see on poinsettias aren’t the flowers at all. The blooms are actually in the center of the plant and are […]

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The Winter Rose

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The Winter Rose (Helleborus niger) isn’t a rose at all, but a late-blooming perennial plant that should be in everyone’s garden. There are two types of hellebores, H. niger and H. orientalis (Lenten Rose), which blooms in the early spring. They are both plants of merit, but the Winter Rose arrives when there isn’t much […]

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Gifts for Gardeners

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As panic sets in during holiday shopping season, here are some ideas for your favorite gardener. We’re actually pretty easy to shop for. One thing we always need is another set of good pruners. Dramm ColorPoint Compact Pruners are one of my favorites. They are sharp, indestructible and the colorful handles are easy to find […]

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Gardening with Kids

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When sharing our love of gardening with children, there’s always hope that it will bring them the same happiness we get from working with plants. My kids had their own little garden patches when they were little and loved it. Now that they are grown with their own homes, I’ve seen them embrace gardening. It’s […]

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Gardening Q&A with Doug Oster

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. Larry: When should I cut down my […]

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In the Dirt – December (Seed Catalogs)

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Planting the seed Cold-weather months are a great time for scouring catalogs for seed-starting purchases. Making grand plans for spring is invigorating thinking of what might be once the weather breaks. Those of us who extend the season are still enjoying the fruits of our labor. Cool weather veggies are tucked away under glass, plastic […]

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The Art of Healing

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Sue Abramson’s beautiful black and white photos of the forest are dramatic studies in light, each one evoking a mood and offering a window into the artist’s life. She has spent much of her time in the woods photographing the beauty of nature. The photographs are part of her book “A Woodlands Journal.” It chronicles […]

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Gardening Q&A with Doug Oster

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Garden Q&A Bette: I took your advice and have been planting bulbs all fall. I got a little carried away at the end of the season and bought a lot of them. You always say they are on sale in the winter, and I’m like you, I can’t resist a bargain. I’m not sure if […]

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Gardening Calendar for January

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January Before you bundle up and read all those seed catalogs, see if any of your leftover seeds are still viable. Count out 10 seeds and fold them into a moist paper towel. Put the seeds and paper towel into a Ziploc bag and close the bag. Store the closed bag somewhere warm and in […]

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Gardening Calendar for December

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December When thinking about gifts for gardeners, check out the Everybody Gardens web site for some great stuff. Every gardener can use another pair of hand pruners. Check out the “I wet my plants” T-shirt. It’s one of the more popular items. Something else to think about is a gift certificate to a seed catalog […]

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Favorite Plants – Christmas Rose

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Looking down at the Christmas rose in bloom — when just about everything else has gone to sleep for the winter — brings back lots of memories. Helleborus niger is the Latin name, and it came to my garden in the most unusual way. I became gardening friends with Marie Elium while we worked together […]

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Gardening Advice for November

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November Make sure shrubs and trees, especially when newly planted, get plenty of water before the ground freezes. Once that happens, the plants can’t uptake any moisture and without enough water some plants will experience winter kill, often on the tips of branches. Mulch after the ground freezes. The first rule of mulching is not […]

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