| Jan 14, 2015
| 4:19 PM
I'm making plans for a winter garden to cheer me up next winter. Any thoughts?
In a season of gray and brown, winter gardens add color, variety and action. Select shrubs and trees with year-round green or colored foliage, such as yellow or blue...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 10:46 AM
Love plants but hate dirt?
There's a whimsical burst of greenery that has your name on it.
A native of rain forests, deserts and swamps, the air plant — officially, Tillandsia (tuh-LAND-zee-uh) — doesn't need soil. These plants absorb...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 3:34 PM
When Marilyn Alaimo took a job with Northern Trust Co. in Chicago in 1954, it wasn't to answer phone calls.
Mrs. Alaimo, a product of Harvard University's Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration, was the one making the calls, "one of the...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Orchid blooms are beloved by many, but they can intimidate budding gardeners.
Joan Connors, who was retired greenhouse manager of the American Orchid Society, has a few tips to help beginners keep plants healthy, happy and blooming.
"I love growing...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 12:16 PM
When all is dormant and brown outdoors, moss can be very much alive and green.
Look around moist spots in your yard or nearby woods and you will likely find a patch of bright green moss.
Gently lift some of that pretty patch and transplant pieces into...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:40 PM
One plant that deserves attention during the winter is the African violet (Saintpaulia). The plant originally came from Africa, growing in the higher elevations of the tropics. Beautiful and easy to grow, African violets are a perennial windowsill...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 5:20 AM
As I write this another polar vortex or its close cousin has much of the country in the cross-hairs so to speak. If you are like me these are the occasions for a little garden daydreaming to places where the azaleas, rhododendrons, redbuds and dogwoods...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 4:41 PM
I was told to rotate vegetables from different plant "families" in my garden. What's a family? Does that mean don't plant tomatoes in the same place two years in a row?
Rotating crops mean growing vegetables of a specific family in different areas of...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:34 PM
When you have a question, you ask an expert. That's why people contemplating starting community gardens would come to LaManda Joy. Community gardens — where a group of gardeners tend their respective plots on a single piece of land — have a...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 12:48 PM
As the new year begins, plant and seed catalogs start to fill mail boxes, giving winter-weary gardeners warm glimmers of summer during those dark, cold nights. Ideas for new plants and new gardens grow with each turning page. I start off with a rather...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:51 PM
Under Carol Brown's leadership, the 61-year-old Boca Raton Garden Club was growing strong — being named the best in Florida and the best in a six-state region last year.
Mrs. Brown, 54, who also oversaw the complete renovation of the club's...