A Very Retro Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Going to Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, has been a long-standing tradition with my family for many years.  Each year that I visit, I am wowed by the different decorating themes and this year is no exception with "A Very Retro Christmas". Reminisce and imagine Christmas of years past with …

Holly for the Holidays

McLean Nursery is gearing up for a big Christmas holly decorating season! Hundreds of fluffy festive bows are hanging from the workshop ceiling and the 'elves' are busily making the many wreaths and boxwood trees that are destined to deck the halls of some lucky customers. And those customers come back year after year as …

Pumpkin Succulent Centerpiece Made Easy

An easy centerpiece to whip up for your fall themed table, using a handsome pumpkin, can be done in half an hour. Integrating dried flowers, pods, and juicy succulents, your centerpiece will last for weeks.  Drying flowers all summer long from my garden gave me ample stock to pick from, and I had a bumper …

PawPaws: America’s Best Kept Secret

  Tasting like a blend of bananas and mango, Pawpaws have a tropical taste, totally unexpected where it is indigenous - the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and the Mid-West of the United States. Growing in a temperate deciduous forest, this native tropical-like fruit is unique to the US and is the largest edible fruit native to …

Pumpkin Decorating 10 Ways

Celebrate the fall season by these top 10 ways of pumpkin decorating. From mini chalk-painted pumpkins to gorgeous hand-painted marble creations, step up your style this year with these no-carve painted pumpkin ideas. These creative painted pumpkins think outside the box with modern metallics, fresh florals, and gold studs. Get inspired to take your pumpkin …

Sweet Annie – Versatile Aromatic Everlasting

Sweet Annie, Artemisia annua, is an herb I remember from the seventies and eighties. Intensely fragrant smelling green herb wreaths were made up in the fall from the cut branches and I would see them everywhere for sale at craft fairs and outdoor festivals. I kind of forgot about Sweet Annie for a long time …

Top 10 Seasonal Stars of the Fall Garden

Spring perennial bloomers are easy. There are so many great spring performers that you always have something blooming all spring long with little effort. Fall can be a little trickier to have a constant parade of colorful bloomers, and I always am looking for new candidates and old favorites. Mums and asters are the usual …

Native All Star Containers

Native container gardens are much easier to put together than full sized gardens. If you are new to gardening or have limited space, natives in pots are a gateway to sustainable gardening on a larger scale. Placed alone or in groups, containers are versatile little packages that can be moved around at will and easy …

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