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Pollinators: Bee the Change!

The disappearing Bee population is not only devastating for their species, but for ours as well. Yet, what do pollinators actually do and why is it important to help them? I’ll answer these questions, as well as give tips on how to help the different species of pollinators below.

June 28, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Planting a Garden with Wings

Butterflies are one of the most amazing creatures. They have four distinct life cycle stages–egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. They go from egg to caterpillar then make it to adult as a butterfly. In order to plant a successful butterfly garden, you have to plant food plants, also known as host plants, and you must plant nectar plants for the adults.

June 19, 2013 · Garden Writer · Comments Closed
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A Meadow Habitat in Washington, DC

I visited DC last weekend and was not only entertained by the multitude of interesting buildings and museums the city has to offer, but also thrilled at how far along their growing season was! We are Hardiness Zone 5 here in Vermont, so it was amazing to see everything in bloom in early June. I snapped a few photos of a “Meadow Habitat” planted near the National Mall and wanted to share them with you all. I hope you enjoy!

June 7, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · One Comment
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5 Ways to Use Shrubs in Your Landscape

Shrubs are an amazingly-simple way to add big, bold statements in the garden with little work. They are large in size, many provide year-long interest in the garden and delight with stunning blooms. Whether you have sun, shade, dry soil or not – There is certainly a place in your garden for a shrub!

January 30, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · 2 Comments
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The joys of planning your spring garden

Our Advanced Sale started today, which made me (gleefully) start thinking about what I am going to do in my garden this spring. My garden is a new space for me and has plenty of beautiful Daylilies, Peonies, Astilbe, Hosta, and other perennials that were graciously planted by the resident before me. This spring, I want to make the garden my own and try as many different varieties of plants as possible.

November 9, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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