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The Avid Gardener: Welcome frogs of all varieties The Avid Gardener: Welcome frogs of all varieties
6 hours ago - Centre County Gazette
If the frog of your imagination is a smooth-skinned amphibian that hangs out in moist areas of the garden, you’d be right, but it isn’t the only one. There is another type of lesser-known frog — the flower frog. This frog is a bouquet-arranging tool with holes or pins. It holds [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Adding to the Spring Palette
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The Avid Gardener: Adding to the Spring Palette
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
No matter what level of expertise a gardener may have, with tenacity and patience there are always small victories that add to competence and boost confidence. [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Adding to the spring palette The Avid Gardener: Adding to the spring palette
2 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“All gardening is landscape painting.”  -- Alexander Pope Not all artwork is meant for public display. I own a beach-inspired painting of grasses that hangs discretely in my garden shed, created during a paint-and-sip event with friends. A glass of merlot may have decreased [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: April is Time for Cleanup, Change
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The Avid Gardener: April is Time for Cleanup, Change
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
Finally, the dreary sameness of winter is giving way to the most welcome burst of color called spring. [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: April is time for cleanup, change The Avid Gardener: April is time for cleanup, change
4 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Finally, the dreary sameness of winter is giving way to the most welcome burst of color called spring. Bulbs like daffodils, tulips and alliums are beginning to peek through the soil’s crust at my house, delayed by the late March arrival of cold and snow in Philipsburg and the rest of the [Read More]
Avid Gardener: Japanese cherry trees are a national treasure   Avid Gardener: Japanese cherry trees are a national treasure
6 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“Loveliest of trees, the cherry now is hung with bloom along the bough.” — A.E. Housman For many, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored each year by the National Park Service, heralds the beginning of spring. This year it will be a month-long [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Succulents are trendy this year The Avid Gardener: Succulents are trendy this year
7 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
What’s new? What are some of the popular types of plants, outside décor trends, philosophies and practices that are all the rage? I’ve come across some interesting and perhaps surprising answers. As 5 million of the 6 million new gardeners last year were 18- to 34-year-olds, [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: The language of flowers The Avid Gardener: The language of flowers
11 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“A flower is not a flower alone; a thousand thoughts invest it.” — Mandy Kirkby With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, thoughts invariably turn to beautiful flowers to help express our deepest emotions. A dozen red roses, for instance, traditionally signals passionate [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Extend the lives of holiday plants The Avid Gardener: Extend the lives of holiday plants
14 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” – John Keats I would like to think that beautiful things are timeless. Though the memory of them may be, the actual things eventually wear out and are discarded. The same is true for plants. They bring us joy, fulfill their life cycles and [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Plants Key to Perfect Drinks
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The Avid Gardener: Plants Key to Perfect Drinks
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
It seems particularly appropriate at this festive time of year to pay homage to the central role plants play in the libations we enjoy. And, what better way than through the entertaining bestseller “The Drunken Botanist” by gardening maven Amy Stewart. [Read More]
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