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 By Gabe McNab- Growing beautiful flowers in the garden is a job with obvious rewards. With all the hard work that goes into creating a garden filled with beautiful flowers, it is sometimes hard to leave it all behind to go back indoors. Many garden flowers make great choices for vases and arrangements, but it is important to understand how to remove them from the plant correctly. Stems that are not properly cut can cause damage to the plant, and to the stem that you have removed. If you are not...

-By Lynsey Grosfield- A perennial plant is a gift that keeps on giving in a variety of ways: firstly, it graces the garden with blossoms and foliage year after year, and secondly, it grows beyond the margins in which it was originally planted, often making copies of itself and forming a clonal patch. While the lateral spread is often a welcome attribute in a garden where there is still bare soil to colonize, some gardeners prefer to keep perennials growing in a circumscribed area, either for aesthetic reasons, or to...

  -By Gabe McNab- Pruning trees and shrubs in your yard are for your benefit as much as it is for the plants. Pruning is essential to maintain the shape and health of a plant, and it is also a good way to encourage new growth and help to reduce the chances of breakage and disease. Both newly planted trees and shrubs, and more mature ones need to be maintained in order to continue to encourage new growth and development. Trees or shrubs that are not properly maintained can become leggy,...

  -by Lynsey Grosfield- In Voltaire’s Candide, the source of true happiness is famously found in the sentence “il faut cultiver notre jardin” (“we must cultivate our gardens”). In many ways, Voltaire was a man ahead of his time: now, there is ample evidence to suggest his more figurative meaning should be taken literally.  Gardening or horticultural therapy is a recognized form of intervention for several conditions: from mental health challenges like depression, to degenerative conditions like dementia, to developmental conditions like autism. Further, it can be used as a...