Monthly Archives: August 2018

Art in the Garden

By Chuck Gleaves

The 2018 Perennial Plant Association meeting in late July/early August in Raleigh, North Carolina was an opportunity to take the gardening blinders off and see and hear a few things others are achieving with their gardens. For example, I thought I knew what was going on at the famous English garden, Great Dixter, but Head Gardener Fergus Garrett’s talk revealed to me I had no idea about the scope, nature and profoundness of the gardening taking place in that great place.

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The Struggle with Annuals

By Karen Fraizer

You may think that because we are Professional Gardeners here at Kingwood, everything in the gardens comes easy to us. Well, you would be wrong!

When we are planning our annual displays a year in advance, you can be certain that we are picturing the perfect specimens. The problem is, rarely do we get that “perfect specimen”. We must fight mother nature as well as human error, to make the annuals look as good as everyone expects them to.

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Weeds

By Shawn McClain

Weeds are competitive, fighting your garden plants or lawn grass for water, light, nutrients and space. Usually, weeds grow quickly taking over many of the open areas. Weeds thrive in favorable conditions and can be found growing anywhere the ground has been disturbed. In addition, they offer clues about your soil conditions. An example would be plantain. This stubborn weed often grows in compacted, heavy clay and well trafficked areas with low fertility.

Plantain

Plantain

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