Gardening Generations

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Why do leaves have such different shapes?

It's simply a matter of life and death.<p>There’s one thing about leaves that science has long agreed upon: They only grow so big as available water …

Australian Universities

9 cool ideas for creating shade

Made in the shade<p>Spending time outside is generally good for you, even if you're just lazily lounging in your own backyard. The sun can also be a …

Gardening

This 12,000-ton pile of orange peels is now a lush Costa Rican forest

Experimental conservation project regrew pristine forest faster than anyone thought possible.<p>Back in the late-1990s, 12,000 tons of orange peels from …

Ecology

Your handy guide to mulch

Mulch can be both aesthetically pleasing and masterfully practical.<p>If all you've heard about mulch is bad puns like "mulch ado about nothing," you've …

Gardening

What is crown shyness?

When tree canopies refuse to touch, stark boundaries are drawn in the treetops.<p>Sometimes trees can be a little too respectful of another tree's …

Nature

Everyone was in awe of this pilot's skill! (Waterbomber)

This is what the first flower to ever evolve looked like

Researchers traced back the origin of all flowering plants to a single ancestor using a sophisticated data crunch.<p>Flowering plants, or angiosperms, …

Home

<b>Water is both breathtaking and life giving.</b> It is the only substance on earth that exists naturally in three different states — as a solid, a gas, …

8 easy container garden plants to grow on a budget

I love growing container gardens and keep many of them throughout my landscape. While I love the instant gratification of a 4-inch starter pot, …

Flowers

Why are my plants turning yellow?

Yellow leaves are a common symptom of sick plants, but a closer look can reveal clues that help gardeners get to the root of the problem.<p>Gardening is …

10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing

Baby Boomers

11 Ways to Use Epsom Salt Outdoors

Epsom salt, typically used in baths for sore and achy muscles, has proven itself to be more than basic. Also known as magnesium sulfate, it contains …

Salt

8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017

Landscaping

'Death cap' wild mushrooms poison 14 in Calif.

Lethal mushrooms picked in the California wilderness poisoned 14 people late last year, leaving a child with permanent neurological damage.<p>The cases …

Public Health

Turn your yard into an insect migration stop

Habitat Network can help you assist the birds and bugs, which often pass the baton between generations on the same migration route.<p>Birds do it. But …

Insects

This Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan Is the Most Magical Place Ever

10 Plants for a Happier, Healthier Home

For our first Valentine’s Day, my husband brought home two dozen long-stem red roses. I told him he wasted money on a cliché that would be dead …

Plants

8 iconic plants and trees that herald spring

Oklahoma redbud<p>Oklahoma redbud trees are deciduous and found throughout the Southern U.S. and West Coast. They can reach 30 to 40 feet in height and …

12 plants that repel unwanted insects

These herbs and flowers can shoo pests from your garden and skin.<p>Are you an insect magnet? If you aren’t, you probably know one. Insect magnets …

Gardening

Why every child deserves a learning garden

The Kitchen Community is planting a love of gardening in schools.<p>Thanks to The Kitchen Community, students and faculty at Shady Grove Elementary …

How to make a sun map of your garden

There are many ways to map an area's sunlight exposure. Here are a few tips to make sure your plants get their moment(s) in the sun.<p>No matter how …

Gardening

California desert comes alive with wildflower 'superbloom'

The state park is the largest in California, featuring 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails. You'll see flowers in …

Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world

This incredible skyscraper is more than just eye candy—its modular and farm-integrated design was created to fight world hunger and poverty. …

Farming

Around the world in 50 amazing gardens

17 plants that could kill you

Deadly plants<p>Over the millennia, people have learned through trial and error which plants are good to eat and which are best to avoid. In our modern, …

650-year-old Polish oak is Tree of the Year

The towering Oak Józef tree beat out a selection of gnarled candidates from 16 European countries.<p>An ancient tree in Poland named the Oak Józef is …

Why do the leaves of some trees turn brown but not drop?

Don't worry; there's nothing wrong with the tree.<p>Have you noticed a tree around town that holds its brown leaves all winter instead of dropping …

Unusual 'Dr. Seuss flower' discovered by park ranger

Called a wool sower gall, these fluffy, polka-dotted balls are caused by a species of parasitic wasp.<p>One look at this fluffy, polka-dotted flower and …