Good Nandina, Bad Nandina: A Plant I Hate to Love

Tallahassee Democrat April 11, 2014 By John Melton As a responsible gardener, I’ll preface this remark by acknowledging that folks all over North Florida will groan, but I love Nandina!  The common name says it best; Heavenly Bamboo!  Nandina domestica was brought to the USA from The Orient by gardeners as early as 1804 to …

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Things to Consider When Washing Car in Yard

Tallahassee Democrat March 10, 2014 When washing your car, consider the local water resources, Photo by Puget Sound Partnership   By Mark Tancig   Leon County Government encourages you to think about our local water resources when washing your car on a sunny afternoon. Cars are a symbol of freedom and independence and most people …

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The Backyard Forest Project

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Tallahassee Democrat Friday, April 4, 2014   Photo by David Copps:         Do you ever find yourself complaining about the degradation of Tallahassee’s beautiful forest canopy as more and more trees are lost to urban growth and development. Well, now you can do something to offset those losses by participating in The …

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Container Gardening

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 Tallahassee Democrat Friday, March 21, 2014 By Taylor Vandiver     In a world of limited time and space, container gardens seem to make more and more sense. Poor soil and no place to put plants in the ground are no longer good excuses for not being able to enjoy the simple pleasures of gardening. …

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Bulbs for Every Season of the Year

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Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat Spring bouquet of paperwhites and daffodils, photo by Pam Sawyer March 7, 2014 By Pam Sawyer Many moons ago when I first moved to Tallahassee I often heard people saying bulbs won’t grow here.  Well, it can be wet in winter and hot in summer.  And it doesn’t get …

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Prepare Your Lawn for a New Season

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  Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat Photo by David W. Marshall:  ‘Seville’ St. Augustine is one of our most shade-tolerant lawn grasses. But even it won’t grow in dense shade.   February 28, 2014 By David Marshall   Spring is just around the corner, so that means it’s time to start getting the lawn …

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FAMU’s Community Garden

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  Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat Photo by Trevor Hylton, FAMU’s Community Garden   February 28, 2014  By Trevor Hylton   The FAMU Community Garden is the oldest community garden in Tallahassee and one of the oldest in the state.  Established over 40 years ago, the garden is located on the southern end of …

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Stop “Crape Murder”!

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Photos by Gary Knox February 21, 2014 Tallahassee Democrat By Gary Knox This is the time of year when we often see crapemyrtles unnecessarily topped: main stems that are several years old are cut back, usually leaving branch stubs 2 – 5 inches or more in diameter. Topping is sometimes called heading, stubbing, rounding and …

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Create a Secret Garden using Woodland Wildflowers

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat       Photo by Mary McMullen: Indian Pink, Mayapple and Christmas Fern grace this shady parking lot garden at Native Nurseries February 21, 2014 By Donna Legare   I have always loved secret gardens. There is something enchanting about passing through an archway or space between two shrubs …

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“Roses are Red…” – Pruning Florida Roses

February 15, 2014 Taylor Vandiver Photo by: University of Florida                Considering it’s Valentine’s Day, I felt an appropriate subject to discuss would be roses. I am not referring to the bouquets that many of you will see couriered to various locations all over town, but the bushes in your yard that we have been strategically …

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