Yard and Garden

Practical advice for gardening and yard maintence. Advice on growing flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Plus, lawn care, structures and machinery.

On The Garden Path: Chandor Gardens

Staff

Chandor Gardens, located about 25 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas, in the city of Weatherford's historic district, combines ancient Chinese architecture with formal English garden elegance. The 3.5-acre estate includes fountains, grottos and a waterfall.


Garden Clippings: All-America Selections 2007

By Mike Lang

Besides being a time to start fresh and resolve to do or not do certain things, to gardeners, this time of year means the mailbox will be brimming with new nursery catalogs. It also means that the winning plants from All-America Selections (AAS) have been released. And this year, AAS – an organization based in Downers Grove, Ill. – has selected four winning plants for 2007.


Garden Clippings: Holiday Plant Decorations

By Mike Lang

Poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, pines and spruce are all plants we use to decorate our homes for the holidays. Their colors provide a sense of joy during a time when the outdoor garden is drab, if not dormant.


On The Garden Path: Amaryllis

Courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

Amaryllis bulb production has more than doubled worldwide since the 1990s, and the colorful, large-flowered native of the southern hemisphere has become North America’s flower of choice to take the gray chill out of winter.


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On The Garden Path: The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden

by Mary-Eileen Rufkahr

There is a traditional saying that Chinese gardens are built, not planted. These types of gardens are filled with mosaic pavement, pavilions, bridges and benches. The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden reflects this philosophy faithfully, yet within its walls, there also lie lush, beautiful flowers, plants and foliage.


December Planting Dates

by Cappers

Almanac planting dates for December are:Dec. 1: A poor time to plant.Dec. 2-3: Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.


Garden Clippings: Prepare Your Garden for Winter

By Mike Lang

The calendar might say winter doesn’t start until Dec. 21, but in my garden, the season starts this month.


On The Garden Path: China Ranch Date Farm

by Kathy Manney

Within the barren Mojave Desert, near Tecopa, Calif., China Ranch Date Farm is a surprising haven of greenery. 'Hidden Oasis' reads the big yellow sign on Old Spanish Trail Highway. Undeniably, China Ranch is a true desert oasis.



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