Category Archives: Garden

Gardners’ inspiration.

Winter Is for Planning: Basic Principles of Garden Design

  Text by P. Allen Smith | Photography by Jason Masters and Mark Fonville Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the successes and mistakes of the previous year. Once you’ve finished pondering your wins and losses—ideally with a slice of pie and hot coffee in your hand—it’s time to plan for the future. I […]

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How to Care for Christmas Greenery

Text by P. Allen Smith | Photography by Mark Fonville Starting out in the retail nursery business, I looked forward to the scent of fresh evergreens in the greenhouses when the cut Christmas trees were delivered. The sharp, familiar aroma always filled me with holiday spirit. That spirit predates me by centuries. That’s right! If […]

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Coming Up Roses

Text by P. Allen Smith | Photos courtesy of P. Allen Smith I’m a rose fanatic and have planted them extensively in my garden. My love of roses began when I lived in England while doing my graduate work. I became fast friends with Lady Elizabeth Ashbrook, who was crazy about roses and had them […]

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Enhancing Your Home’s Beauty

Text by Bill Taylor | Photos by Fred Toma  Years ago, the thought of landscape lighting was far from the minds of most homeowners. Even those who were building the home of their dreams and those who had developed beautiful gardens never considered the effect proper outdoor lighting could have on a home. A post […]

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Springing into Summer with Garden Club Luncheons

Springing into Summer with Garden Club Luncheons Text by Lesley Harris Colvett, photography by Hal Jaffe River Oaks Garden Club Spring Luncheon May 19, 2016 Committee:  Sue Atchley, Betty Green, Gwen Montague and Judy VanSteenberg. The theme: Each year, the River Oaks Garden Club (ROGC) in Memphis hosts a Spring Luncheon which serves several purposes. […]

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Cherry Blend Farms – Tasting the Difference

Text by Lesley Harris Colvett, photos courtesy of Carson Lamm     It’s a fact that just-picked, fresh produce is more nutritious and tastier, and the “farm-to-table” movement is making it possible to eat this way. Carson Lamm, vice president of River City Management Group, believes that once you eat a freshly grown vegetable, picked […]

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A Tree You Should Get To Know: Acer griseum – Paperbark Maple

TEXT BY: Andy Pulte     An iconic Chinese species with cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark that is well suited for use in small yards, paperbark maple is a plant you should take notice of this month.   If you were to ask me what the most photographed plant is during the winter at the UT Gardens […]

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Keep Gardening in Cool Weather

By: Andy Pulte   Cool weather doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening!     Frost has found us; the jacket has made its way out of the closet and our minds naturally turn away from the outdoors. However, there is no reason to let the planting containers in the most visible areas of your […]

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Gardening with Conifers

  Easy, Carefree Plants for the Mid-South TEXT BY: Andy Pulte     I make a point to attend the American Conifer Society’s Southeastern Regional Conference every fall. My non-gardening friends are always surprised to learn there is such a thing. In fact, the Southeast has become a hotbed of activity and research for those […]

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Coneflower – One of the Mid-South’s favorite wildflowers

TEXT BY: Andy Pulte     The July 4th holiday is when purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) really starts strutting its stuff in the garden. However, as the dog days of summer oppress us with hot, humid weather, it continues to shine as one of the Mid South’s favorite garden-worthy plants.  Here are some tips and […]

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