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The Top 7 Health Benefits Of Houseplants

Nothing adds more beauty and comfort to our homes and offices than the lush flowers and foliage of indoor plants. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, cubicles… There really isn’t a space a houseplant can’t enliven. Just add light and water, and you’ve got a growing indoor oasis. Bringing plants into your home is aesthetically pleasing and – […]

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6 Ways to Repurpose Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it’s gotta go. Here are 6 ways to transform your tree into a critter-feeding-bird-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching thing of wonder this year.

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Cold Protection for Your Garden Plants

Here comes another cold snap for the Puget Sound! Here are some quick tips for protecting your less-hardy plants from cold damage. Especially a good idea when temperatures dip into the 20s for several days.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Something Special for Everyone on Your List

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is finding special gifts for the people I love. The most important thing for me is that the gifts I give are thoughtful and have some meaning. Often, the story behind the gift or its creator really makes it unique. In honor of that spirit, here […]

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Cuetlaxochitl: A Cultural History of the Poinsettia

With cheerful red bracts and delicate yellow flowers framed against velvety green leaves, colorful poinsettias are an indisputable symbol of Christmas. In fact, poinsettias are the most commercially important potted plant in the world because of their endearing association with the December holiday season. But how did this warm-weather shrub native to western Mexico become […]

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Explore Our Dinosaurland Model Train

Swanson’s model train is steaming around the track for the holiday season. This year, our train has traveled far back in time to the prehistoric age and we have gone all out to make it spectacular. It’s a fantasy world where dinosaurs roam the land with some of your favorite characters: Scooby-Doo, the Peanuts Gang, […]

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Behind the Scenes: Filming “The Influencer”

This is our third “behind-the-scenes” blog post, where we share what it was like to bring each episode of our new Gooder Gardener video series to life. We’ll give you a glimpse of our experiences, inspirations, favorite moments, featured plants, and more.

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Fall Dahlia Care

Dahlias die back each year as autumn advances, but, with the proper care, the tuberous root system can live on to produce a stunning display year after year. The advice in this post is based on many years of growing dahlias in a low-lying area of Seattle with relatively moderate winter temperatures and excellent drainage.

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DIY Moss Pole for Indoor Plants in 4 Easy Steps

There’s a new trend in the world of houseplants: moss poles! While making your own moss pole may seem to be an intimidating project, it’s easy, and fun! We’lll show you the 4 steps to creating moss poles for a few different houseplants. Follow along to make your own and soon you’ll have a shelf […]

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The Top 5 Houseplant Myths Revealed

Houseplant parenting can be a struggle. There’s so much information out there – how do you know what to believe? Through our daily interactions with plant parents, we’ve seen a few myths resurface again and again, so we decided to set the record straight and make sure you have the information you need to keep […]

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