Sawflies

Sawflies are a group insects related to wasps that get their common name from the saw-like appearance of the ovipositor, which females use to cut slits in stems or leaves to lay their eggs. The plant-feeding larvae often look like caterpillars or slugs, and many are quite noticeable because they often stay together to feed in groups and quickly cause noticeable defoliation on their hosts. Learn more about sawflies in this article…

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Legumes

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching and reading this package of information, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on members of the legume family.

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More All-America Selections Winners for 2017

All-America Selections presented sixteen 2017 Award Winners in November, and now has announced several additional winners for the 2017 season, including five National Winners and one Regional Winner for our area (Great Lakes). To learn more about these great plants, read this article…

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Grow Your Own Salad Greens

Nothing tastes quite like a salad fresh from your own garden. Lettuce, and many other salad greens, are very easy to grow, and there are many more types available to grow yourself than you can typically find at the grocery store. Learn more about the variety of salad greens that are easily grown in a home garden or container in this article…

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Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa

The Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial of the Year 2017 is butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa.  This native milkweed offers brilliant orange flowers attractive to a wide range of butterflies and other insects and is a host for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Learn more about this tough, long-lived herbaceous perennial that makes a great addition to many types of gardens in this article…

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Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens), Florence, Italy

Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) in Florence, Italy, is one of the country’s most important gardens, a living history course in Italian garden design from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Like all Italian Gardens, it was designed to show the owner’s wealth and power rather than showcase flowers, with impressive statues and other artwork set among a tapestry of green. Save your feet and take a virtual tour of this 111-acre outdoor museum…

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Raspberries

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching and reading this package of information, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on growing raspberries.

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Cilantro / Coriander, Coriandrum sativum

Cilantro leaves are an essential ingredient in many Latin American, Caribbean, and Asian, Mexican salsas and many other ethnic dishes. This cool season herb has been selected as the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year™ 2017. If you like its pungent taste, make sure you plant some this year. Learn more about this common herb and how to grow it…

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Fat Plants: Living Sculptures from the World’s Deserts

Succulent plants are appealing to many people with horticultural interests, in part because of their great diversity. One noteworthy subgroup of succulents are affectionately referred to as “fat plants”. Fat plants are generally leafy succulents with an enlarged trunk or base that give rise to stems and branches. They vary in size from tiny miniatures to the largest of all succulents. Their appeal is in their weird shapes and many also have colorful flowers. Get an overview of these plants and the basics of cultivation in this article…

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Hosta of the Year 2017: ‘Brother Stefan’

Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses one plant to feature as the Hosta of the Year. For 2017, this honor goes to ‘Brother Stefan, a large cultivar that produces a mound of thick, textured foliage. Find out more about this cultivar with a central chartreuse to gold patch and blue-green margin on the leaves in this article …

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