• Design

    Green Heroes: Plants Making a Positive Environmental Impact

    This article has the potential to be very short. That is because most garden plants provide some type of environmental benefit to their immediate surroundings—assuming they are chosen appropriately for…

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    Making an Organic Community Garden in Arkansas

    Today we’re visiting with Mary Maud Huber. Fourteen years ago when we moved to Fairfield Bay in north-central Arkansas, I wanted a plot in the Community Garden. The town is…

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    White Flowers in a Sustainable Garden in LA

    We shared our garden before (Sustainable Gardening in LA), and now we would like to share photos of some white flowers in our yard. Grandma planted this sweet alyssum (Lobularia…

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    What Native Plants to Grow in Your Garden

    If you’ve been gardening for more than a few seasons, you have surely heard the expression “Right plant, right place.” This garden shorthand sums up a useful and straightforward idea:…

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    Digging Deeper Into Sustainable Garden Design

    What does it mean to have a sustainable garden? To some, it means having a landscape that does everything possible to support the local ecosystem. To others, the concept is…

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    Exploring Native Lawn Alternatives That Thrive in the Mid-Atlantic

    Jeff Lorenz and his team at Refugia Design specialize in creating native landscapes in the Philadelphia area. In addition to looking better than turfgrass, the gardens they design also manage…

  • How-To

    How Sustainable Is Your Landscape?

    Smart gardeners everywhere are jumping on the sustainable bandwagon. And when you consider all the payoffs of a sustainable landscape, it’s not hard to understand why. It typically uses less…

  • Article

    I’m Beating Up On Lawns, Again

    It started when I read Susan Harris' rippingly reasoned blog post at Garden Rant. Dandelion was the key word. Next thing I know, here I am blowing off steam about…