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Corpse Flower at USBG Blooming Soon

The Corpse flower, also known as “the stinky plant,” at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, D.C. is inching toward its peak bloom, from July 28 to 31, 2016. This weekend is the ideal time to visit. Named for the bloom’s putrid scent that attracts carrion beetles, flies and other pollinators, some folks…

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Tomatoes: How to Grow a Healthy Crop

Growing tomatoes is a cherished summer pastime for many of us. Whether you’re up to your ears in tasty tomatoes, nursing plants plagued with common diseases, or just starting out, these 10 tips on how to grow healthy tomatoes from the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) can help you get better results. Select disease-resistant varieties. Check…

Native Plant Favorite: Oxeye Sunflowers

Oxeye sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) surround the entrance to our nature center at the beach in Delaware. Pedaling past this summer native plant each morning on my bike, the cheerful bright yellow blooms dancing in the slightest of breezes brings a smile to my face. The Oxeye sunflower is a very hardy, easy-to-grow native plant with…

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How to Grow Dazzling Daylilies

With daylilies (Hemerocallis) in full bloom across our region, now is great time for tips from the Tidewater Daylily Society on how to grow and care for daylilies and enjoy an abundance of blooms throughout the season. Enhance Your Planting Process Plant daylilies as soon as you get them, either in the ground or in…

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Garden Design with Kerry Mendez at NJBG

Find garden design information and tips from Kerry Mendez during the upcoming lecture at the New Jersey Botanical Garden (NJBG), “Garden Design Tips for Traffic-Stopping Curb Appeal” on Saturday, July 16, 2016. During the presentation, Mendez will teach participants how to select low maintenance, high performance shrubs, perennials and annuals for their gardens. She’ll share…

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12 Vegetable Garden Tips for July

Keep your vegetable garden thriving and productive in July with these 12 tips and tasks adapted from the Piedmont Master Gardeners in central Virginia. Save Space in Your Vegetable Garden. Provide vertical support for runner varieties of beans and cucumbers by constructing temporary or permanent woven wire fences or arbors. Then train plants to grow…

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10 Native Vines for Your Garden that Attract Wildlife

Selecting the best vines to add to your garden can be a challenging task. Is the growth habit appropriate for your space? Does the vine enhance your landscape with multiple seasons of visual interest? Is it native and will it help attract and support wildlife habitats in your yard? Happily, a variety of native Mid-Atlantic…