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Join us at the garden center for some of our special events!
Back by popular demand, we’ve scheduled five Planting Bar classes this fall (and we may add even more), all on Thursday nights from 5 to 7. You just bring your own pot – or buy one when you arrive – and we’ll guide you through the planting process. You pay only for the plants you use. Registration is required. Class size is limited to 25, and they tend to sell out fast, so register early. Refreshments will be served.
Paul James, The Gardener Guy, has been gardening organically since 1979. Join him as he explains why he chooses to forgo the use of synthetic chemicals -- in the lawn, in flower gardens, and especially in vegetable gardens -- and how easy it is for anyone to make the switch. This event is free (although the information presented will be priceless). Registration is required.
Read the latest posts from Paul James and our Southwood crew:
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about conifers, and it won’t be the last. My love affair with this amazing plant group began many years ago with a visit to Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, Illinois. Owner Rich Eyres took me on a tour of his place, and as he described the plants in his considerable (as in $12-million) inventory, his passion oozed like sap from a fresh-cut spruce.
This Saturday morning at 10:00, none other than Piet Stuifbergen of Holland-based exporter Stuifbergen Bloembollen will be at Southwood to share his vast knowledge of bulbs with us. I don’t pretend to know what Piet knows, but I have successfully planted thousands of bulbs over the years, so I thought I’d give you a brief primer on bulb planting in advance, including a few of my favorite tips and tricks. First, the basics.
I moved into my current home just over four years ago, and from day one I’ve dealt with rabbits ravaging my vegetable gardens. I actually made the situation worse by building fences to keep my three dogs out of the gardens, which basically created safe havens for the rabbits (and squirrels, but that’s another story).
Sales of spring-flowering bulbs – tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and more – have been declining nationwide in recent years, and I can’t for the life of me understand why.