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Calling All Gardeners and Healthy Food Lovers

Feb 16, 2019

Gardeners and ‘foodies’ alike will want to participate in the hugely popular Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium. When googling garden symposium, this premier event appears at the top of the search among over 20,000,000 listings. The 15th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium takes place at the luxurious Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, VT on…

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Happy Valentine’s Day Garden Bouquet

Feb 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is the day when some fortunate recipients are blessed with bouquets of lovely flowers or other cherished gifts. Frankly, since this can be a hit or miss occasion, I like to make my own dazzling arrangement harvested from my gardens. One personal favorite is vibrant red-stemmed dogwood paired with rosy-pink pussy…

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Upcoming Gardening Classes with Kerry Ann Mendez

Feb 10, 2019

If you are in the neighborhood, please plan to join me for the below garden classes and lectures: Friday, February 15: Kerry’s 2019 Picks for BEST Perennials, Flowering Shrubs and Annuals and Success with Hydrangeas in Colder Climates. Three hour program with refreshments, lecture notes, outstanding garden catalogs, door prizes, garden gift and more. Faddegon’s…

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Feb 8, 2019

Hydrangeas are the most googled flowering shrub on the internet. No wonder they’re such hot selling shrubs. Unfortunately, sometimes the plants don’t live up to the pretty plant pictures on their tags or in magazines. In a few cases, it might be blamed on poor plant genetics. But all too often misinformation or the lack…

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Jan 20, 2019

I’m a huge fan of repurposing and recycling. Just ask my husband (no, I have not recycled him). So what should you do now with your Christmas tree that has brightened your home for weeks? Googling the internet will generate dozens of interesting, if not wacky, ideas. One head-scratching suggestion was to carve it into…

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Premier Northeast Garden Symposium

Jan 18, 2019

Registrations are rolling in for the 15th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, many from past symposium attendees who rave about the quality of the speakers, magnificent setting, and Gardeners Marketplace. If you have never attended this leading garden symposium held at the renowned Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, VT then it’s time to check out…

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Featured Plants Peperomia and Witch Hazel

Jan 15, 2019

Peperomia. I am learning so much about houseplants and tropicals since working at Estabrook’s Yarmouth store this winter. The garden center has a huge greenhouse filled with these treasures. One plant that quickly made its way into my home is Peperomia. This tough, no-fuss plant is native to many tropical climates and like orchids, is…

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Garden Webinar on Extreme Perennials

Jan 14, 2019

With the new gardening season only a few months away, it’s time to take a fresh look at your perennial gardens. Do you have freeloaders that take up a lot of space and give little back in return? How about needy plants that demand far more time than you have? Slobs are my pet peeve…

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Outstanding Perennials and Hydrangeas

Jan 12, 2019

I will once again be returning to Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, NY (near Albany) to teach an in-depth gardening program. Faddegon’s has a special place in my heart – I used to work there and the folks are like family to me. In addition to an amazing nursery, Faddegon’s also has extensive offerings of indoor…

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Featured Plants: Amazing Holly, Hypericum and Rhododendron

Dec 15, 2018

Ilex glabra ‘Gem Box’ This lovely inkberry is a wonderful alternative to boxwood if boxwood blight has been an issue in your region, or if you simply want to plant something cool and different. Like Boxwood, ‘Gem Box’ is evergreen and grows in full sun to shade. ‘Gem Box’ has dense, dark green shiny foliage…

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