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  • Bud Hensgen, landscape painting
    Painting and gardening with Bud Hensgen
    On this wonderful spring day along the Custis Trail, there is a garden in progress that belongs to Bud Hensgen. Bud is always on an adventure of sort. He is growing grapes next to his fine raspberry bushes. The wild raspberries along the Custis...
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    Leaf blower hotline
    A nice peaceful morning in Los Angeles: sun rising, seagulls eating from dumpsters, and the quaint sound of gas-powered leaf blowers filling the morning air; filling the morning air with noise and gas fumes that is.Whether you're an apartment...
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    What to pay for service in Costa Rica
    Many foreigners live in Costa Rica or have vacation homes there. Often one wonders what rates that they should be paying for different jobs as it is different from their home country.Fortunately the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social...
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    Organic Gardening; Places to visit this weekend; The Gifted Gardener
    This weekend makes a great time to visit the Gifted Gardner here in Midtown Sacramento. Remember that gardening is not just about planting plants and harvesting tomatoes. It can also be about having fun and personalizing your garden using garden...
  • Organic gardening is a big deal in Florida
    Organic gardening is a big deal in Florida
    Flowers, vegetables, or trees whatever your garden preference may be, now is a good time for digging up those plans for an awesome spring garden. In the past, conventional gardeners thought it was advantageous to use chemicals to get a better...
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    August gardens: time to plant
    If you've harvested some crops and have open space in your garden: quick, plant something. Seeds are on sale, and you probably have 60 days before the next frost. Some crops like radishes and peas don't need 60 days. Other crops like Swiss...
  • Tropical Plants
    The Flower Farm
    About ten years ago I discovered my favorite horticultural heaven, The Flower Farm which is located in Gardener, Kansas southwest of Kansas City. This greenhouse and nursery is open year round and you will be able to find anything from tropical...
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    A slideshow of June-blooming perennials - Part 1
    Photography by Joanne TaylorWhile hundreds of annuals have satisfied the gardener's need for instant color; finally, the blooms many gardeners have been waiting for, perennial flowers, are blooming now in the Philadelphia region.Here are 60...
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    Blooms in the hood: A late-spring slideshow and the City Gardens Contest
    Photography by Joanne Taylor - West Philly Blooms! - All Photos Taken May 29-31Have you ever walked down a city sidewalk and noticed a flower blooming in the cement,ora green plant springing forthin the midst ofa brick wall? It signifies that we...
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    Horticultural therapy: gardening for the disabled
    Photography by J. Taylor - In honor of our veterans, a West Philly Veterans' Memorial GardenMemorial Day is when we honor our fallen vets and pay homage to all who have served our country.In honoring and taking care of our vets, one of the...
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    Gardening for the physically disabled means easy accessibility
    Photo by JoanneTaylor - Bryn Mawr Rehab.- Horticultural Therapy Center - Raised BedsWhile a wide range of health problems (including emphysema, blindness, spinal damage, partial paralysis, and loss of a limb) may limit a person’s ability to...
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    Philadelphia and Statewide Horticultural Therapy Resources for the Disabled
    Photography by Joanne Taylor - Bryn Mawr Rehab. Horticultural Therapy CenterBryn Mawr Rehabilitation414 Paoli PikeMalvern, PA 19355610-640-3902Friend's Hospital4641 Roosevelt Blvd.Philadelphia, PA 19124215-831-4600 x4682Horticultural Programs for...
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    Dirty little secrets: The dark side of gardening
    A garder snake inthe garden- Villanova - Photography by Joanne TaylorEverything has something not to like about it; and that includes gardening. Whether an avid gardener or a beginner, at some point, one must deal with the occupational hazards;...
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    How not to grow marijuana
    Just don't do it, it's not worth it.For some avid gardeners and botanists, growing cannabis can be tempting;not so much for the harvest, but for the horticultureand botany experimentation.Yeah, right! Anyway, just don’t do it.InPhiladelphia,...
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    A slideshow of blooming annuals - Part 1
    Two-toned yellow and white petunia-starts out yellow then changes to yellow and white, Photo by J. TaylorAn annual is exactly what its name implies; it’s a plant that must be planted annually. Annuals fill an important niche in the garden...