Botany Class

Today, Amy Mead led the Botany class and afterwards, the MG Students went out into the garden on a botany scavenger hunt to find different types of leaves and arrangements (and write down the name of the plant they found it on. This being the middle of September, they were amazed … Read More

Ornamental Grass Information

This is a short informational article on Little Bluestem. I think it would be great for our readers. Jeanne Pavero

Marigold, Tagetes erecta

Tagetes erecta, or we commonly know them as marigolds, is an herbaceous annual. Marigolds are native to Mexico, even the French cultivar. Marigolds can be compact and bushy or tall and leafy. They prefer full sun in well-drained, dry to moist soil. They will bloom all season long if deadheaded. … Read More

Flowering Vinca

Catharanthus roseus or as most gardeners call it, flowering vinca, is an erect, tender plant that can grow up to 4 feet tall. It is frequently planted as an annual but readily self-seeds in Zone 8. It is tough in the face of many conditions, especially poor soil, dappled shade, … Read More


Garden petunia is in the nightshade family. It blooms continuously throughout the summer until frost and is one of the most popular bedding plants. Seeds can be started indoors, sewn directly into the soil or plants can be purchased from local nurseries. Petunias are readily available for the garden, and … Read More


Zinnias are a low maintenance, colorful annual that is a great addition to the flower garden. When growing by seed after danger of frost, sow the seeds directly into the flower bed as developing roots do not like to be disturbed. Zinnias can be transplanted but use care to get … Read More


Cosmos is an easy-to-grow flower that can re-seed itself and grow in hot, dry conditions, making it a good choice for our gardens here in Zone 8. It can reach varying heights and add a frilly texture to the garden. Cosmos can be grown in the back of the garden … Read More

Cleome houtteana, Spider Flower

Cleome houtteana, sometimes called spider flower, is a tall, somewhat spiked-looking plant with spidery flowers of pink, purple, and white combinations. Cleome prefers full sun but will tolerate light shade and favors well-drained soil with consistent moisture through the growing season. Planted in the back of the flower bed … Read More

Muhlenbergia capillaris, Pink Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris, commonly called pink muhly grass is a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass that is noted for its show-stopper source of late season color. As an ornamental grass, it is a great complement to those landscape beds with fading summer annuals. Pink muhly grass is best grown in sandy … Read More

Magnolia virginiana, Sweet Bay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana, commonly called sweet bay magnolia is in the family Magnoliaceae. It is easily grown in acidic, medium to wet soil in full sun to part shade and prefers moist, rich organic soil, but, unlike most other magnolias, it tolerates wet boggy soils. It is susceptible to chlorosis in … Read More

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