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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (Color and Texture Sustain the Winter Garden)

One of a series of occasional essays by Christa Watters. Certified Master Gardener Color and Texture Sustain the Winter Garden It’s not all bleak out there, not even in our gardens. If we’ve planted wisely and well, plant life continues … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The Soft Season)

Undefined, blurred, softened – that’s how the gardens look under snow. We call it harsh winter, but, in fact, it’s a soft season in many ways. We cannot garden outdoors during snow, nor trample the beds afterward while the soil is all soft and damp and sheltering the turmoil of life under the surface. So we ourselves get a little soft, physically, in terms of outdoor labor. Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The Garden as Artifact)

The Garden as Artifact By Christa Watters Garden: n. Planted area of ground, a plot of ground where plants such as fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown. (Latin origin hortus garda implies a closed area. Ultimately from a prehistoric German … Continue reading

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Snow

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” Alice’s … Continue reading

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March was here, but where is Spring?

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener After one of the warmest winters on record, the March Shade Garden (pictured below) in Bon Air Park was awash in color with a parade of blooming bulbs, spring ephemerals, ornamental trees and … Continue reading

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Happenings in the Demonstration Gardens

(UPDATE: added © Mary Free; thank you for your volunteering, Mary) Usually winter is a quiet season in the gardens with the evergreens and hollies taking center stage to showcase their foliage, cones, and berries. However, the unseasonably warm temperatures … Continue reading

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