Perennial of the Year 2012


The Perennial Plant Association selected Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ for their Perennial Plant of the Year™ award for 2012. Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – 2012 Perennial of the Year(Photo: Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid) Perennial of the Year In 1990, the Perennial Plant Association began a program to feature an outstanding perennial for the year. […]

USDA Zone Map for 2012


Last January the USDA released the USDA Zone Map for 2012. This is the first time the USDA has released a new map of USA climate zones for gardeners since 1990. Every gardener is familiar with the USDA hardiness zone map that’s on the back of seed packets. It indicates which regions the plant thrives […]

Healing Garden for Mother’s Day


Kelly Reynaud was diagnosed with advanced stages of ovarian cancer. During a ride home from the hospital, her son, Louis, was inspired with the idea to help Kelly fight the cancer by building her a garden. The garden will contain a variety of flowers and vegetables, and personalized stones with messages of love, support and […]

Lead in Garden Hoses? New Study Finds Toxic Chemicals in Gardening Tools


You’re gardening organically because you’re concerned about the effects of toxic chemicals on your and your family’s health. But what about the lead in garden hoses and other toxic chemicals in gardening tools? In a new study released last Thursday, the non-profit environmental group, Ecology Center, tested 179 popular gardening tools including hoses, gloves, kneeling […]

Michelle Obama Encourages Vegetable Gardening for Healthier Children

Spring Planting White House Kitchen Garden

First Lady Michelle Obama planted vegetables on March 26 with school children from Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington DC for the fourth annual White House kitchen garden spring planting. This year, Mrs. Obama expanded her invitations to include children who wrote her letters about their own gardening experiences. First Lady Michelle Obama […]