Roses Inny Or Outy?

Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners

Do roses have an inny or an outy? Yes they do. They have 3-5-7 leaf outward and inward growing leaflets. The question I am asked more than any other question about roses is: “What’s an outward facing leaflet look like?” Why is it important to make a cut farther down Continue Reading

Plants That Soar | Hear Them Roar |Visit Arkansas

Dragon Topiary at Garvan Gardens

Garvan Gardens, University of Arkansas Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs, Arkansas It’s the dog days of summer. Now’s the time for one Last Hoorah. The pace of life speeds up in the fall as you get lots of work done before the holidays. Soon its next year’s budget, planning, and projections, Continue Reading

A Spring Garden Comes To Life

P. Allen Smith is Wonderful with Kids

Heaven “scent” ‘Nevada’ is blooming. When the wind whispers through its softer than angels’ wings petals, one has the allusion that butterflies are fluttering all about. Its a magic rose flower bush. Simply breathtaking. The cool spring continues in Central Illinois. This coolness allows flowers to last and bloom stages Continue Reading

Planning A Spring Rose Garden

Gene Boerner Magnificent Floribunda, 2013 spring bloom

Growing roses can be easy. Most gardeners tell me they want a rose garden. Time constraints today demand easy steps to see quick results and the considerable cost that we invest in our gardens require lasting success. When asked why they don’t grow roses most people tell me they think Continue Reading

Vignette II: Changing The World One Garden at A Time: The Peterson Garden Project

Fearless Food Gardening in Chicago by LaManda Joy, proceeds to fund gardens in Chicago

One person can make a difference in the world by teaching people how to grow their own garden. They do work that matters. They change communities. That’s what LaManda Joy is doing in Chicago one garden at a time. Have you heard about it? It’s called the Peterson Garden Project. Continue Reading