Volunteering During COVID-19 Times

By Meera Sinha, Master Gardener in Training HOW MEERA SINHA COMPLETED HER MASTER GARDENER IN TRAINING INTERNSHIP This article first appeared in a shorter version in the Medical Post on September 4, 2020, where it garnered attention from …

My Childhood Dream to Create an Indigenous Garden

by Elizabeth Sellors, Master Gardener Part 3/3 I have located plants throughout my yard to suit their habitat requirements. My woodland area in the back yard is shady and located near two large pine trees. This area has …

Tropical Foliage Plants

By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener As gardeners, we have a deep interest in plants – even those we may not personally grow in our gardens or homes. As Master Gardeners, we have a deep interest in sustainable solutions …

Gardening for a Lifetime – How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

By Sydney Eddison, Timber Press, 2011 A Book Review by Lenore Linton, Master Gardener Sydney Eddison is a garden writer who has lived and gardened in Newtown Connecticut [zone 6b] since 1961. By 2004 both the author and …

It’s All About the Partnerships

  by Marcia Hamm Wiebe, Master Gardener Our garden known as Green Futures North, in Brandon, MB is the second largest community garden in the city. Samaritan House Ministries is able to tend this garden with the following …

Winter Bulbs

by Diana Dhaliwal, Master Gardener Having put our gardens to bed for the winter, we can now turn our thoughts to gardening indoors. The first thing that comes to mind is to start bulbs indoors. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp. …

Preparing your Garden for Winter Birds

Preparing Your Garden for Winter Birds by – Richard Staniforth It is the middle of October; we have already had snow and cold weather. But today as I write, the sun is shining, the snow has gone, any …

The Attraction of Peonies

by Sandy Venton, Master Gardener I came to peonies relatively late in life. Roses and martagon lilies were my first and second passions.  The first peony I ever planted was a fern leaf peony. I had seen one …

Beware of Valeriana officinalis

by Elizabeth Sellors, Master Gardener Introduction Valeriana officinalis (common names: garden heliotrope, garden valerian, common valerian, greek valerian) is classified as an alien species in North America, having been introduced from outside its normal distribution. It is a …

California Super Bloom

As experienced in Spring 2019 by Master Gardener Gary Krushel California was experiencing a “super bloom” this year. What is a “super bloom”? It is a veritable explosion of wildflowers occurring at a number of locations across the …