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Mendez speaks to Maine Nursery and Landscape Assoc

Feb 13, 2017

Kerry Ann Mendez, a garden writer and professional gardener who moved to Kennebunk three years ago after a career in upstate New York, spoke to the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association in January about “plants that save time, manpower and money.” do most gardeners want Low-fuss and sustainable gardens_MENLA_Conference

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Evan and Mom’s Corner

Feb 10, 2017

I’ve heard very little from Evan these past few weeks. He has had some big projects that have buried him in work – weekdays and weekends. He sounded pretty wrecked when I spoke to him for a few precious minutes last week. I was so concerned that I decided to BAKE him some cookies. This…

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Butterfly Weed and Heucherella are top perennial picks

Feb 9, 2017

Asclepias tuberosa Asclepias tuberosa is the 2017 Perennial of the Year. This perennial, commonly called butterfly weed or milkweed, asks so little of gardeners but gives so much in return. It is highly drought and heat tolerant, requires no fertilizer, produces shimmering orange flowers in the summer, attractive fall seed pods, is deer resistant and…

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Indoor Seed Starting with Espoma

Feb 8, 2017

This is the time of the year when antsy gardening hands can finally get relief! The indoor seed starting season has begun. I am not going to pretend this is an area of expertise for me. When I do seed plants, which are primarily perennials, I plant them directly into my gardens in spring. So…

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Superior Deer and Rabbit Repellent

Feb 7, 2017

It’s understandable that you might feel the urge to go outside to defend your plants from midwinter gnawing by deer, rabbit and voles. Especially when you watch your neighbors frantically racing about their yards blasting plants with hot pepper spray; tossing coyote urine granules about; twining mylar string with little flapping flags around borders, staking…

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Save Money on Premier Corona Gardening Tools

Feb 6, 2017

A worthy gardening tools works harder for you so you don’t have to. That is why Corona tools have always been in my back pocket or in my hand. My garden shed is filled with so many of their great tools from pruners to loppers to blade sharpeners. One of the door prizes I gave…

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Bee Better and Support Bees

Feb 5, 2017

My friend Helen Yoest is an award winning freelance journalist, garden author and speaker located in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is also the Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Bee Better. Bee Better’s mission is to educate homeowners, and community leaders and developers about the importance of sustainable, organic, and water-wise garden design, with…

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Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Offers More than Just Bulbs!

Feb 4, 2017

Spring, summer and fall blooming bulbs are such an easy way to add a dash of color to the landscape. One of my FAVORITE companies for ordering bulbs is Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, a fourth generation family business based in Gloucester, VA. Brent and Becky are highly respected horticulturists in the green industry. They are…

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Garden Design Classes by Kerry Mendez

Feb 3, 2017

Do you dream of an ever-blooming garden that provides a riot of color month after month with little effort on your part? How about a garden that requires less water and fertilizer plus draws in butterflies and birds? I invite you to attend one of my in-depth, 3-hour design classes that covers light assessment, soil…

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Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium almost sold out

Feb 2, 2017

Impassioned Gathering of Gardeners straight ahead! There are only 25 seats still available for this premier gardening symposium scheduled on Saturday, April 22 at the 4-Star Woodstock Inn and Resort BUT there are about 50 openings still in the Friday afternoon class. Enthusiastic gardeners from all over the Northeast and Midwest are registered for what…

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