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Planting Bulbs: 7 Tips for this Fall

Planting bulbs this fall is a great way to ensure cheerful blooms in the spring. Here are seven tips to help you grow a beautiful display. Purchase high-quality bulbs. Select bulbs that are firm and unbroken, not withered and dry. Bulbs should be mold-free with no soft spots or scabs. And pick the largest bulbs…

Obedient Plant: A Favorite Native

Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) is a favorite late summer native perennials for me due, in part, to its incredibly long bloom period. From early August (here on the Delaware coast) through early October, Obedient plant offers medium to pale purple blooms in the garden when many other summer perennials are spent. And it’s a terrific…

GardenFest, Lewis Ginter

Fall PlantFest Coming to Lewis Ginter

Fall is an ideal time to plant most trees, shrubs, and perennials. So it’s also a great time to attend the Fall PlantFest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday, September 16, 2016. One of the largest plant sales in central Virginia, the Lewis Ginter Fall PlantFest will feature a wide selection…

East Coast Garden Center, MAG

Visiting East Coast Garden Center

East Coast Garden Center is near the Delaware beach towns in Sussex County, and it’s hands down my favorite garden center in southern Delaware. If you’re like me, you probably hit the brakes when passing by a garden center that looks interesting, even if you’re not in the market to buy plants. East Coast Garden…

Woody plants, Scott Bauer / Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Servic

New Online Woody Plants Course at Longwood

Longwood Gardens is teaming up with North Carolina State University to offer a fully online, five-week course on woody plants called “Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers: Identification and Use,” beginning September 13, 2016. Through presentations, photo stories, online fact pages, and three modules devoted to different plant groupings, participants will review a thorough survey of plants,…