Gardens

What the heck is in my tree?

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:40:00 pm

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Have you noticed any webs that seem to be swallowing leaves and branches in trees lately? Well, I have, and so have many of my friends. What we are all seeing are fall web worms.

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Six Lessons from the Culinary Herb Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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Summer Watering Tips: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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For your own garden at home, keep the following tips in mind to help take some of the guess work out of watering plants correctly.

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Four Types of Ferns You Can Add To Your Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Did you know that some types of ferns can be red, purple, or even copper in color? Or that some ferns spread rapidly, some gradually, and some don’t spread at all?

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Caution: Some plants to avoid buying for your home garden

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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It’s time to stop by your favorite garden retailers to pick up some plants for your summer garden. Before doing so, here are some plants you should avoid or at least use with caution. 

Garden Update: April Flowers in Oakhurst

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Oakhurst is my favorite spot to enjoy spring flowers here at Minnetrista. There are lots of different flowering plants that provide beauty throughout the whole season. The first acts of the spring show—winter aconite and snowdrops—are already fading, with Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) and Glory of the Snow (Chinodoxa luciliae) coming on next...

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Garden Update: Minnetrista in March

Posted by: Cassie Banning on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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March is a busy month.  Apple trees are getting their annual maintenance pruning, branches are being cut for a project on the riverbank, and early spring flowers are blooming!

This is the time of year when the Minnetrista gardeners get out on ladders and cut off all of the flexible, tall upright growth that grew last year on the apple trees. None of this growth will produce fruit and will only shade the branches that will produce apples this coming fall. The Minnetrista gardeners and I try to get this work done every year before the leaves start to grow, and you should too if you have apple trees at home...

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Things to Consider When Designing Your Garden

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Is there more to putting a garden together besides simply picking pretty plants? You bet! When considering overall garden design: plant placementformcolor and leaf texture all play a vital role in giving a garden a dazzling appearance...

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Nature Walk Game and Instructions for Kids

Posted by: Maureen Spell, guest blogger on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

This is the first in a series of fun, educational posts by guest blogger Maureen Spell. Maureen is a former elementary school teacher who now has a classroom of 6 at home. She blogs at Spell Outloud sharing early education activities and homeschool highlights. 

Gardener Dustin answers: "What is a rain garden?"

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

There's been a lot of buzz at Minnetrista lately about rain gardens. I had a foggy notion of what a rain garden was. A garden full of rain? A garden built to attract rain, like a rain dance? Really, I had no idea. I asked our natural areas gardener, Dustin Stillinger, to shed a little light on the question: "What is a rain garden?" Along the way he told me what kinds of plants we're using in our rain garden and some things to consider if you're planning one at home. Check out this video and visit the new rain garden at Minnetrista for inspiration! Visit munciesanitary.org/stormwater for expert advice on ...