Tips for a Successful Native Garden

By Cindy Gilberg (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue.) Replacing a percent of high- maintenance lawn with a more sustainable low-maintenance landscape is a growing trend for the future. “The increased requests I get for assistance is proof that people are using more and more native plants each year, not fewer,” says Scott Woodbury,

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Houseplants for Indoor Pleasure

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue) Take a close look at your houseplants. Are they looking healthy and vigorous?  If not, this is an ideal time to do some judicious pruning. Throw away that swan-necked African violet. Pitch the stringy old philodendron. If some are reclaimable with a hefty bit

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A-Peeling Characters

By MaryAnn Fink (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2006 issue.) Trees can be a valuable investment and an opportunity to personalize a home. Healthy trees and shrubs requiring a minimum of care can be architectural complements to a home, especially when they have fascinating good looks. Look for these Plants of Merit selections that can

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Stress Relief for Indoor Plants

By Ellen Barredo (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2008 issue.) We all know what happened to your houseplants in December. As decorating and celebrating the holidays took place, plants were shoved into dark, dry corners, and erratic watering schedules were followed; as a result, they’re showing their displeasure with symptoms of stress, like wilting, leaf spots,

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The Winter Songster-Carolina Wren

By Connie Alwood (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2007 issue.) On a January morning we can’t expect much birdsong.  Except for the occasional mockingbird and the partial song of the white-throated sparrow, plus a few chips from other birds coming to the feeder, it’s usually a silent winter. However, one songster still bursts forth with much

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