While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Plant Geeks R Us

You might be a plant geek if you go to a conference and stuff 5 roses, 3 buddleijas, 2 blueberries, 2 crinum lilies, 1 raspberry, 1 primrose, 1 lavender AND 1 cactus into your carry-on luggage, then realize that most of these plants will have to spend winter indoors because an Iowa garden in October isn’t the best place for tiny, non-hardy perennials. And you don’t care.

Eight fun things I saw at GWA

It’s hard to impart, to the uninitiated, the wonders of the annual Garden Writers Association symposium.

After my latest excursion a couple of weeks ago in Raleigh, NC, (my 11th!) I lugged home at least 12 plants (including two hellebores purchased at Plant Delights Nursery), about 25 pounds of books and horticultural literature, dozens of packets [...]

More gardens starting this year

The nosedive in our economy, coupled with a desire for fresher, safer, better-tasting, locally grown food, is doing for vegetables what mom could never do:

We will grow A LOT more fruits, berries, veggies and herbs in 2009.

More people are growing veggies in containers

I just finished listening to a webinar on food gardening trends sponsored [...]

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