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Spirit of the Season

Spirit of the Season

The season of gratitude is upon us. I want to thank you readers for stopping by this column to get my musings on the garden for the last 21 years. In this, my last article, I think back fondly on how plants have helped cultivate friendships and well-being.

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Spirit of the Season
Nostalgic Nasturtiums
Nostalgic Nasturtiums

Nostalgic Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are vibrant, cheerful flowers in hot red, orange and yellow, with distinctive round leaves with spoke-like veining.

Pretty, Portable Pollinator Gardens

Pretty, Portable Pollinator Gardens

Bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators play an important role in our global ecosystem. By transporting pollen from one plant to another, they make growing the food we eat and the beautiful garden spaces we enjoy possible.

A Tropical Look

A Tropical Look

A banana “tree” is a misnomer. The big trunk of this lush plant that grows with lightning speed from a rhizome is actually a fibrous stalk.

Sweet Spires in the Breeze

Sweet Spires in the Breeze

If you are not acquainted with the native shrub Virginia sweetspire, you may come to appreciate its wonderful adaptability, especially in today’s perplexing climate extremes.

Going Wild in the Garden

Going Wild in the Garden

Anyone who gardens, or even putters in the yard, knows that the simple act of gardening provides many benefits — fresh air, exercise, stress relief and access to fresh foods to name a few.

Small Changes, Big Impacts

Small Changes, Big Impacts

When it comes to gardening for nature, big changes come in small packages and work best when approached with baby steps.