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Gnome May Bring Gifts To Your Garden

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.


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Nature Celebrates The Joy Of The Season

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.


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The Gift Of A Gardening Book

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.


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Solutions For Getting That Sticky Sap Off

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.


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Gifts Made From Your Garden

Stores are full of gifts made with natural materials, but you can make a lot of them yourself with things in your garden.


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Deck The Halls With Your Own Holly

Buying boughs of holly and holly berries by the bunch gets sort of spendy. It’s easy to grow your own.


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Early Snowfall Puts Accent On Fall Colors

Early snowfalls are magical to many of us, and maddening to others, but they often bring surprising sights in the garden.


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Remove Vines Strangling Trees

As invasive vines wind around trunks and branches, trees are girdled and smothered until they weaken and die.


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Pretty Poinsettia Has Historical Tie To Philadelphia

Poinsettias are originally from Mexico, but their popularity here has a Philly connection.


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Hit The Holiday Sales At Area Gardens

If you’re going to decorate, you’ve got to get going…to the holiday sales at area gardens.


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Morris Arboretum Opens Holiday Garden Railway

The Arboretum’s holiday railway – with its fifteen rail lines – will be choo-chooing through seven loops and over nine bridges through January 4th.


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Show Respect When Picking Up After Mother Nature

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.


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Holiday Helpers Needed At Bartram’s Garden

If you’d like to get into the holiday spirit and help out too, you can lend a hand at Bartram’s Garden.


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The Earthly Goodness Of Pumpkin Pie

To bake pumpkin pie, you’ll need: two kinds of grass, plus roots, pods, bark, buds, seeds and squash. Let me explain…


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Don’t Move Firewood

People moving firewood from place to place is how tree-killing insects and diseases spread like wildfire – so don’t do it.





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