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Demystifying a Drip Irrigation System

While hoses, sprinklers, and watering bags are all excellent ways to water, many gardeners are turning to drip irrigation systems for their manifold benefits: once set up properly, a drip irrigation system is efficient, precise, and a relatively low-effort method for keeping our plants well-watered throughout the year. This post is an introduction to the […]

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Essential Guide to Arborvitae Trees: Varieties, Planting, and Care Tips

by Nancy Penrose Selecting an arborvitae tree for your garden? Get straight to the heart of what makes these evergreens a landscape favorite. From selecting the ideal variety and planting tips to maintenance and design applications, this guide simplifies the process for you. Discover how to use arborvitae trees for privacy, accent, or design and […]

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Celebrate Pollinator Week, June 17-23

Celebrate Pollinator Week, June 17-23. Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health. Pollinators “are the unsung heroes behind the food we enjoy and the beauty that surrounds us,” said the Pollinator Partnership. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, bats and birds, especially hummingbirds. The goal of Pollinator Week is to […]

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Perennials for Pollinators – Episode I

As we continue the celebration of Pollinator Month all June long, I am hoping all of you will pause and admire all of our little insect, hummingbird, and butterfly friends buzzing about garden flowers.  Ah… the sweet nectars of summertime!  The sun is out…

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Managing chafer beetles in June: water your lawn

Does your lawn look like it has been rototilled? It is likely the result of hungry wildlife feeding on an invasive insect, the European chafer beetle, found in turf. People have reported major damage to their lawns, and local cities have seen destruction of athletic fields. The European chafer beetle is a serious pest of […]

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Gleaning Inspiration

In just a few days I head off to England again to lead this years tour Great Gardens of Devon and Cornwall. Prior to each tour we offer a virtual get together as well as an in-person gathering (for guests who live within driving distance of us). These provide an opportunity for guests to get…

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Dads Like Flowers Too!

One of best things about being a Dad is spending time with your kids, especially when an activity is made even better by sharing a personal passion with them.  In my case, as with many other Dads, a keenness for gardening is towards the top of this list.  I mean seriously now, just like Moms […]

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Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Privacy Tree Seattle Homeowners Love

By Nancy Penrose Looking for the ideal Northwest privacy tree? Whether you’re shielding your backyard from prying eyes, reducing noise or looking to create a serene green space, this article covers the most suitable trees for privacy in the Seattle area. Learn about low-maintenance evergreens, like the Emerald Green Arborvitae, and fast-growing options for quick […]

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