• 2015: Year of the Coleus
    Coleus has a long history of use in our gardens as a foliage plant and has gone through various phases of popularity over the past couple of centuries. The relative ease of establishment after planting combined with a wide range of selections has made coleus indispensable in the garden and popular in the container as well.
  • 2015: Year of the Gaillardia
    Some of our best garden flowers started in the New World, went to Europe for culture, then returned to great acclaim. Gaillardia is one of these. Its daisy flowers usually come in shades of red or orange with fringed rays that look like their tips have been dipped in yellow paint. Plants bloom heavily from summer through fall, don’t mind the heat, and prosper with less water than most other high-performance flowers.
  • 2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper
    Sweet peppers bring a rainbow of colors and a plethora of shapes to the table. It is easy to value them for looks and flavor alone, but the sweet pepper is a nutritional powerhouse as well. Peppers have high nutrient levels at any stage but are the most beneficial when eaten fully ripe.
2015: Year of the Coleus - Abbey Road


2015: Year of the Gaillardia - Gaillardia aristata


2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper - Admiral Yellow



We Challenge You... Plant for Pollinators!

Did you know pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat each day? The health of many pollinator populations is in decline, but despite this news we still depend on their activity for our food and the wellbeing of our landscapes. Let's do somethign about it!
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Install any nectar or pollen producing plant then register your pollinator garden at this collaborative share site.

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National Garden Bureau Awards Three Grants Totaling $10,000 to Therapeutic Gardens

After collecting over 100,000 votes from supporting fans, the 2015 National Garden Bureau (NGB) grant program is pleased to announce the three recipients of their 2015 Growing For Futures grant program.

Started in 2014, Growing for Futures is the philanthropic program of NGB that supports the building and growth of therapeutic gardens across North America furthering the mission of the organization to promote gardening to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
The three gardens and the grant amounts are:
·      The Riverwood Conservancy Enabling Garden, Mississauga, Ontario.
First place vote-recipient; winner of the $5,000 grant.
The Riverwood Conservancy's Enabling Garden is the only therapeutic garden in the Greater Toronto area helping children and adults overcome physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties. The programs build confidence, self-esteem, strength and mobility and inspire a deeper connection to nature through hands-on activities. The Enabling Garden serves an ever-increasing need in this urban area, doubling its capacity each year since opening in 2013.
·         Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Second place vote-recipient; winner of the $3,000 grant.
This therapeutic garden focuses on outreach to the area’s military population through programs that offer the opportunity to learn new skills, promote healthy living through home gardening, and encourage interaction with peers and community during the transition to a civilian lifestyle. Cape Fear Botanical Garden is interactive, inspirational and motivational, focusing on stress recovery where the basics of horticulture are introduced giving students and opportunity to explore new abilities.
·        Green Chimneys Children's Garden, Brewster, New York.
Third place vote-recipient; winner of the $2,000 grant.
Green Chimneys is an internationally recognized garden offering an effective solution for healing and improving the lives of children struggling with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral challenges through nature-based therapies. The garden serves more than 210 children monthly, while also serving an additional 150 adults per month during spring and summer seasons through corporate teambuilding/volunteer exercises.
National Garden Bureau would like to also recognize all grant applicants as all these gardens are creating therapeutic spaces for the benefits of their program participants. NGB encourages support of these and other therapeutic gardens by the industry, local communities and individuals:


  • Trifolium Limerick Estelle

     Limerick trifolium offer a unique option when looking for component plants for combinations. Bred to be easy to grow Limerick trifolium spread and play nice with other plants. Limerick trifolium "shamrock" foliage have bold patterns and are available in three varieties: Estelle, Isabella and Jessica.

  • Radish Rivoli AAS 2014 Regional Winner

    Upright healthy leaves with fruit that is an even-colored bright red. Uniform roots are very round and about 1½" inches in diameter.  Interior texture is smooth and dense with bright white color, even when roots get large. Exceptional quality and taste when picked young, but still tasty if allowed to sit in garden longer, giving gardener an extended harvest opportunity.

  • Onion Candy

    This is a hybrid onion which is sweet and large.  This onion works well for beginners and can be grown most anywhere.  The storage time is approximately 3 months.  This onion will start bulbing when daylight length reaches 12-14 hours.

  • Dianthus 'Telstar™ Burgundy' F1

    Vibrant flowers are produced on well-branched plants.  The Telstar series was developed to have a high degree of resistance to Phytophthora and other damp-off pathogens.

  • Petunia 'Trellis Pink'

    Another great petunia improvement, upright growing and aggressive. Makes tons of flowers on plants that lend themselves to trellis production. The only petunia on the market that can grow this way.


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