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Fall Color: Five Trees to Plant This Fall for Color Next Fall

September 18, 2023

Fall is a very special time of the year! Between the apple picking, cooler temperatures, and pumpkin spiced everything, what’s not to love!? It’s also the best time to plant a new shade or ornamental tree! While I’m hard-pressed to choose a favorite tree, here are some of my top choices for trees that provide good fall color and other benefits...

Plan(t) Ahead: Spring Flowering Bulbs & Fall Planting

September 12, 2023

Imagine the most mighty plant, storing all of its power and energy during winter hibernation, waiting for the opportune moment to burst forth and signal spring’s advent. This is the glory of spring-flowering bulbs. For centuries, bulbs have inspired writers, florists, and gardeners with their gleaming petals. Bulbs bring early spring color,...

All Potting Soils Are Not Created Equal: Part 1 in the Soil Series

September 4, 2023

There are potting soils on the market in almost any store you walk into, including supermarkets and sometimes gas stations. There are many varieties of potting mixes too. How do you know which one is right for your needs? What are the ingredients in potting soils and what is their purpose? Why is it important to your success of growing your...

Pressing Fresh Flowers

August 30, 2023

In the 1500's Oshibana is “the art of pressing flowers in a way to create a whole picture that is meticulous and skilled”. Pressing flowers is a wonderful way to preserve your love of flowers, save memories and create natural projects in your home. Pressing flowers can symbolize longevity or eternal love. Saving your wedding bouquet or a...

Farming for Tomorrow: A Look at Regenerative Agriculture

August 29, 2023

This garden center is known across the region for its outstanding plant selection and variety of events, but it holds a secret that we want to share. Across the street from our main retail space a treasure of a farm sits awaiting your visit. This farm isn't quite like others you may know; while we have livestock, vegetables and fruit like anyone...

Drying Fresh Cut Flowers

August 15, 2023

Dried Flowers have been dated throughout the ages. Flowers have always had practical and symbolic uses either medicinally, aromatically, or for cosmetic purposes. There is a desire to surround ourselves with the natural beauty of nature. Drying Flowers and creating designs for your home is a wonderful way to bring the beauty of the outdoors,...

Spider Mites: How to Spot and Stop

August 12, 2023

When the Summer heat starts, I’m always on the lookout for a destructive little pest called spider mites. True to its name, this sap sucker is an arachnid, not an insect. While oftentimes an infestation will not kill a host plant outright, it can certainly weaken it to where it can be susceptible to other insects or diseases. They are common and...

Landscaping: The Second Pillar

August 4, 2023

The creation of habitat in the landscape and garden speaks to the very core of the regenerative landscape ethic - and becomes pillar two. For decades, the landscapes of North America have been designed and maintained to discourage wildlife. Humans are awakening to the symbiosis that must be fostered between humans and Creation's...

Elderberry Syrup: Natures Medicine Cabinet

August 2, 2023

Ever since the onset of the Corona Virus, doctors, naturalists, and homesteaders alike have been delving deeper into the healing capabilities of elderberry. The Greek healer and physician Hippocrates called the elder plant Natures medicine chest because of all its healing benefits. Our Missouri native strain of elderberry, Sambucus...

Apples in July, A Story of Seasonal Eating

July 29, 2023

It’s not even the last day of July and I am sitting here with 2 apples on my desk straight out of the orchard. One perfectly ripe and one is over ripe. Yes, over ripe apples. In July. Our society has been programmed to believe apples are ripe in September. It fits a lovely narrative. And yes, many varieties are. But if we lean into the...