Gardening Generations

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​What is horticultural therapy, and does it work?

To work the soil for your food is one of the most basic of human pursuits. Yet today, few people do any food gardening, though some, like my …

Cashews in the raw are not what you'd expect

It's an oddness of modern life that you can eat a food for years and never know what the plant it comes from looks like. You might not know if the …

How to make cut flowers last longer

Isn’t getting flowers wonderful? That is, until you have to clean out the moldy, smelly vase a week later. What’s even worse is when your hubby …

10 most beautiful conservatories around the globe

Copenhagen Botanical Gardens<p>The Copenhagen Botanical Garden is home to one of the world’s largest collections of greenhouses — 27 in all. The …

Should you use cypress mulch?

Some say it's bad for the environment. Others say there's no real harm. Here's what we know, and what we don't.<p>Gardeners love cypress mulch for a …

9 real-life fairy-tale gardens

A real fantasy<p>Gardens often play a major role in stories both real and imagined. Queen Marie-Antoinette strolled the famed gardens at Versailles, …

11 colorful fungi that look like they came from Willy Wonka

The fungi kingdom has an amazing diversity. Some species of fungi are responsible for the creation of life-saving drugs such as penicillin and other …

Nature

What you need to know about beneficial bugs

Not all insects are bad for your garden.<p>If you have plants in your garden that attract pollinators, take a closer look at what's landing on those …

Insects

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

Conservation experiment regrows pristine forest in a flash.<p>Back in the late-1990s, 12,000 tons of orange peels from an orange juice manufacturing …

Nature

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)

YouTube

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 …

Gardening

These Gardens Are Where the Arts Are Growing

America's public gardens are embracing the arts in relaxed, natural settings. Whether it is a large botanic garden or a small green space, these …

11 Reasons Why Every Gardener Needs to Keep Epsom Salt on Hand

You know Epsom salt is therapeutic for your body, but did you know how to use it for your garden? Check out these tips on using Epsom salt outdoors!

8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017

'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 …

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 …

Lake Superior

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 …

Education