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In Sweden, a magical little figure known as Tomten is said to take care of farms and keep all the critters and children safe. I could use his help in my garden.
So many of the glass, plastic, and metal baubles we decorate with indoors are inspired by Nature. And all the critters are celebrating the season as well.
Need a gift idea? There’s a new book by a local author who has helped a lot of gardeners like me see how smart it is to use more native plants.
Hand sanitizer is a handy, not greasy, way to get sticky sap off and you can keep a teensy bottle in your pocket or glove box.
Stores are full of gifts made with natural materials, but you can make a lot of them yourself with things in your garden.
Buying boughs of holly and holly berries by the bunch gets sort of spendy. It’s easy to grow your own.
Early snowfalls are magical to many of us, and maddening to others, but they often bring surprising sights in the garden.
As invasive vines wind around trunks and branches, trees are girdled and smothered until they weaken and die.
Poinsettias are originally from Mexico, but their popularity here has a Philly connection.
If you’re going to decorate, you’ve got to get going…to the holiday sales at area gardens.
The Arboretum’s holiday railway – with its fifteen rail lines – will be choo-chooing through seven loops and over nine bridges through January 4th.
Wherever you may wander – in your own neighborhood, or on the grounds of a garden or arboretum – always ask if it’s OK if you collect some of what Nature’s left behind.
If you’d like to get into the holiday spirit and help out too, you can lend a hand at Bartram’s Garden.
To bake pumpkin pie, you’ll need: two kinds of grass, plus roots, pods, bark, buds, seeds and squash. Let me explain…
People moving firewood from place to place is how tree-killing insects and diseases spread like wildfire – so don’t do it.