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18 Sep
2020
Bignonia

On the House: Tips for Vine Enthusiasts

Excuse me? Oh…you’re looking for the North Georgia Wine Highway. I thought you said the Vine Highway. I’m not aware of one, but if there were a Vine Highway, it would pass through virtually all of Northeast Georgia—and throughout the entire southeast, with stretches even located in the far reaches of the northeastern and northwestern..

10 Aug
2020
Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

Your Pollinator Garden Pathway: Think Linear and Local

Like Velcro®, Jacuzzi® and Kleenex®, the term Pollinator Pathway®is actually a registered brand name. It refers to a civic project founded in 2007 by “design thinker” Sarah Bergmann. Its now-famous pilot enterprise was the creation of a mile-long, 12-foot-wide system of connected greenspaces planted with the intention of helping native plant pollinators move through the..

05 Aug
2020
pink muhli grass

The Green, Green (& Other Colors!) Grasses of Home

What do Dean Martin, Porter Wagoner and Joan Baez have in common? They all were among dozens of musicians who recorded Claude “Curly” Putman Jr.’s iconic song The Green, Green Grass of Home. The song is a total tear-jerker, but its popularity was no doubt due at least partly to the deep emotional associations so..

09 Jul
2020
Japanese-Beetles

Best Pest Management Strategy is Often Doing Nothing

A friend recently told me about an experience she had years ago as a budding, would-be gardener. Creating a pathway through a pretty strip of meadow on her then-rural, Gwinnett County property, she managed to get a nasty case of poison ivy. The next day, armed with pruning shears, she located and cut to the..

20 Feb
2020
Native Foamflower

Discover Native Groundcovers

When it comes to groundcovers, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Shady, shallow-root areas under tree crowns, where nothing else wants to grow. Steep hillsides and banks, where erosion washes away anything trying to grow, along with the soil and nutrients. No-longer-wanted expanses of lawn, where mowing, thatching, fertilizing and watering don’t make for..

30 Oct
2019
Sourwood in the fall garden

Small Fall Native Trees

Aah…Beautiful autumn in Northeast Georgia. As I’m out and about these days, I’m thinking about how so much of the splendid fall color we see is from the big native trees…in the big-picture landscapes. You know, national forest lands and public parks, undeveloped rural acreage along the highways and mature, old-growth neighborhoods (not the people,..

09 Oct
2019

The Hopeful Hemlock

Are you familiar with the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)? I hope so, because that means the tireless work of a whole lot of North Georgia volunteers is paying off in increased awareness of the tree’s beauty and value—and of the plight that is threatening its survival. If you’ve hiked the slopes, ridges and ravines of..

02 Oct
2019

Fall To-Do….Or Not

Avid gardeners and piddlers, alike, know there are plenty of chores to busy ourselves with in the autumn months—in case we’re not busy enough already. You know, tidying up, maintaining tools, organizing and planning. But today, I’m going to focus on what I believe are the two most important things you should be doing right..

14 Aug
2019

Nature’s Copycat: Food Forests

Nature’s Copycat & Your Potential Buffet: All About Food Forests One of the most important and thought-provoking concepts in life is just how profoundly interdependent we all are on one another, particularly in the area of food production. We rely on one other for varying services and goods, with each individual offering their own indispensable..

29 May
2019
native Pink Lady Slipper

Going Native

I asked a friend and fellow master gardener, Janet Martin to write about gardening with native plants. Janet is using native plants exclusively in her North Georgia home and she explains why she is only using natives. (The photos are taken from Janet’s garden.)   Shall I Plant Natives or Exotics? Whether you’re starting a..

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