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Flowering Shrubs Webinar was Fantastic!

May 18, 2017

I sat in on your (flowering shrubs) webinar a couple weeks ago – it was fantastic! I learned a lot—including that I have a lot to learn about plants! I am amazed at how much you know! Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge. -Dayna in CA

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Evan and Mom’s Corner

May 12, 2017

  It had been four months since I saw Evan. My little boy, all 6’4” and 195 pounds of him, was home for Easter! He and his lovely girlfriend Meg spent the weekend with us. I only wish they could have stayed longer, but given their demanding work schedule, we only had two days together.…

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Medinilla magnifica

May 11, 2017

Medinilla magnifica handout Merrifield Garden Center Medinilla magnifica. I’ve seen this striking, unusual looking plant twice in the past month while on my lecture circuit. Once at Merrifield Garden Center in Fairfax, Virginia and then at Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. I have a feeling the next time it pops up…

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Outstanding No-Fuss Annual

May 10, 2017

Isotoma axillaris ‘Beth’s Blue Procrastination will cost you with this beauty. ‘Beth’s Blue’ starflower tends to fly out of a garden center as soon as it is unloaded from the delivery truck. The mesmerizing lavender flowers dance gracefully atop lacy foliage. Beth’s Blue requires full sun and grows to 12” – 14”. No deadheading required.…

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Fernleaf Peony

May 9, 2017

Fernleaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia) This perennial never fails to draw oohhs and aahhs from onlookers. It has extremely feathery leaves that beg to be touched. The flowers can be single or double. I have only seen them available in red. Like other peonies, they do not bloom long, but after the flowers gracefully bow out,…

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Spring Garden Maintenance

May 8, 2017

Last Sunday was my first chance to putter about my gardens, enjoy the bursting new plant life, and do some spring clean-up. As I mentioned earlier, not only has my schedule been insanely busy, but spring has also been very slow to arrive in Kennebunk, Maine. Even though it was cold (in the 40’s) and…

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Great Plants Symposium

May 7, 2017

I am excited to make the new fall Great Plants Symposium as dynamic and successful as the spring program. The fall symposium will feature five inspiring and informational lectures, great food and camaraderie but just in a different location – Sturbridge, MA (walking distance to the famous Sturbridge Village). The symposium is on Friday, October…

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Captivating Flowering Vines

May 6, 2017

I planned to have Dr. Allan Armitage as my guest speaker for the next quarterly gardening Webinar scheduled for Thursday, July 27 but unfortunately he had a last minute schedule conflict. But no worries! He is rescheduled for the fall Webinar on Thursday, October 26. Please plan to join me on July 27 at 2:00…

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Mendez gets rave review from Nursery and Landscape Association

May 6, 2017

Thank you so much for your excellent lectures you gave at the Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Assocation’s 2017 Spring Jump Start meeting at Merrifield Garden Center in Fair Oaks, Virgina. Your enthusiasm for planting interesting gardens really had us wishing for spring to start ASAP!…..we can’t thank you enough for your time and look…

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I loved my first gardening webinar

May 4, 2017

I really enjoyed my first gardening webinar (and hopefully more in the future!) I always love and appreciate you sharing your knowledge and love of plants with such enthusiasm! I’m almost beginning to feel like a groupy …. I saw you this past spring in Rochester, NY and previously at our Master Gardener Education Day…

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