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Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf: The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents

Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf
Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf: The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents, by Terry Hewitt
Reviewed by Stephanie Halcrow, Extension Master Gardener
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Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf: What Have Plants Ever Done for Us?

Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf
What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? Western Civilization in Fifty Plants, by Stephen Harris.
Book Review by Nancy Brooks, Extension Master Gardener
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Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf: All the Presidents’ Gardens

We who live in the DC-Metro area are fortunate to be surrounded by many wonderful historical gardens, such as Mount Vernon, Hillwood, and Tudor Place. Among these are the gardens at the White House. All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses—How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America (All the President’s Gardens) by Marta McDowell is a fascinating history of the White House grounds and gardens and how they evolved over time. Continue reading

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Master Gardener Bookshelf: Gardening Under Lights

Understanding light (how much, how little, or what kind) is critical to growing plants indoors successfully, whether seedlings, house plants, vegetables, herbs, or succulents. You can learn about light and how to build simple do-it-yourself grow lights for seed starting by attending the MGNV class “How to Build Inexpensive and Efficient Grow Lights” in February. For additional information, you might also consult “Gardening Under Lights” by Leslie F. Halleck, reviewed here by Susan Wilhelm. Continue reading

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