High Country roses

High Country roses

Over the years I have battled wildlife in my garden, as I have a tendency to want to grow extremely edible plants, ones that excite rabbits and deer i...

August 16th, 2018 |  


Fences make good gardens

Fences make good gardens

For those of us who love roses, it can be a trial finding roses that can survive our mountain winters. Fortunately in the world of sustainable roses, ...

August 16th, 2018 |  


Fences make good gardens

Fences make good gardens

Over the years I have battled wildlife in my garden, as I have a tendency to want to grow extremely edible plants, ones that excite rabbits and deer i...

August 2nd, 2018 |  


Time and science can make a profitable tree

Time and science can make a profitable tree

Georgina Werner wants her husband to make her a tree. Not just any tree. She has a beautiful Texas “Traveller” redbud (Cercis canadensis &...

July 26th, 2018 |  


Colors in the garden

Colors in the garden

One of the reasons we garden is to provide color in our garden — after all, what is a summer garden without flowers? Is it even a garden?As a ga...

July 19th, 2018 |  


How safe are our gardens?

How safe are our gardens?

Recently, tangling with a Tetrapanax stump left me with a nasty gouge that managed to keep me out of the garden for the four weeks. This accident, cou...

July 5th, 2018 |  


The fallacy of garden magazines

The fallacy of garden magazines

I have officially given up on gardening magazines because they simply aren’t truthful. Poring over unrealistic pictures of how gardens should lo...

June 28th, 2018 |  


North Carolina shines in National Horticulture Competition

North Carolina shines in National Horticulture Competition

Which sector of our state’s economy touches all of us each and every day? It’s North Carolina’s green industry; think of it as all t...

June 21st, 2018 |  


Weeding: a fact of life

Weeding: a fact of life

As gardeners, we all know that weeding is an essential ingredient to maintaining a well-groomed garden. Groan all you want but if you’re going t...

June 14th, 2018 |  


Plant Trials: Predicting the future

Plant Trials: Predicting the future

I’m fascinated by new plant development; in researching articles for this column I met Bernadette Clark who runs the color trials conducted at t...

June 7th, 2018 |  


Beware the floozies

Beware the floozies

Sex is rampant in my garden — and I’m getting sick of it. This is the time of year that the hellebores obviously wave around their promisc...

May 31st, 2018 |  


Song of the fiddleheads

Song of the fiddleheads

As ground temperatures warm up the ferns in my garden have begun to emerge assuring me that warmer days are on their way. Members of an ancient plant ...

May 24th, 2018 |  


Producing new plants

Producing new plants

The colorful display of blooms and luscious scents that will fill my garden this season are not for my benefit; it’s part of plants’ repro...

May 17th, 2018 |  


Spring: The cruelest season

Spring: The cruelest season

Nancy Goodwin, whose gardens at Montrose are known throughout the Southeast and beyond, once remarked to me that spring was such a cruel season. The l...

May 10th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

The little cuts and bruises I collect working outside have faded, but they’ll return as I head out to my garden again. Spring can be a dangerous...

April 26th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

When I was a young bride and mother in a decade before most of you were born, various garden clubs dictatorially mandated the rules pertaining to flow...

April 12th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

Lise’s article last week caused me to start thinking about dangerous plants, plants that entice you, only to run amok once you have offered them...

April 5th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

I’m in attack mode. Our builder installed Liriope spicata in our front planting beds and I’ve been removing it since we moved in. It lives...

March 29th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

Weeks ago I ordered two seed trays from a prominent seed company — and a humongous box arrived carrying two rather small seed trays packed in th...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

Dining out with my husband in Blowing Rock this week I enjoyed a garden staple which a master chef had raised to a sublime state. While my culinary sk...

March 15th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

I’m eating my houseplants. Or rather I should say I’m growing plants indoors that I can eat. Herbs, greens, and some vegetables can be suc...

March 8th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

Finding a satisfactory method of identifying the plants in the garden is difficult. I used to arrogantly think I would remember which plant was which ...

March 1st, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

“Your garden’s so pretty! How do you do that?” my neighbor gushed. She: stylishly walking her dog; me: wet and muddy squatting down ...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

Last October I wrote an article called, “I Hate My Garden” — and I did. I was tired to all its tiresome demands, its unquenchable th...

February 1st, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

Three words, Rose Rosette Disease, strike terror in the hearts of any rose aficionado. The deadliest disease affecting rose, Rose Rosette Disease, fir...

January 18th, 2018 |  


The Absentee Gardeners

The Absentee Gardeners

There are two gardening feats that defeat me: I cannot grow echinacea and I’ve had horrible experiences trying to turn seeds into usable plants....

December 14th, 2017 |  


Gardener catches opossum

Gardener catches opossum

Everette Harthoz, master gardener, improved chances for a better harvest in the Community Garden when he caged an opossum last week. He showed his cat...

August 13th, 2015 |  


August Yard of the Month awarded

August Yard of the Month awarded

The Yadkinville Appearance Committee has awarded the August 2015 “Yard of the Month” in memory of Martha Dinkins. The appearance committee...

August 12th, 2015 |  


July Yard of the Month

July Yard of the Month

The home of Frankie and J.W. Cheek was selected as the July Yard of the Month by the Yadkinville Appearance Committee. The committee will be selecting...

July 23rd, 2015 |  


Tomato tasting July 18 at Yadkin Farmers Market

Tomato tasting July 18 at Yadkin Farmers Market

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July 7th, 2015 |