Author: Liz Tsardounis

Breathe Easy with Houseplants

Thanks to Estabrook’s for permission to repost! Is your house starting to feel a bit "stuffy"? Houseplants not only add colorful cheer to your home, they also offer many health benefits, including purifying the air you breathe every day. Below are a few reasons to fill your home with houseplants that you may not be aware of: Cleaner Air With the amount of time you spend indoors ...
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“Intelligent Tinkering” – How to Boost Biodiversity at Home (Leopold’s Wise Words Part 2)

Thanks to Deborah Perkins of First Light Wildlife Habitats for permission to repost! "To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." — Aldo Leopold, 1949 In my last blog post, I wrote about Aldo Leopold (the father of wildlife ecology),  carnivore coexistence, and his “thinking like a mountain” quote. This follow-up post springs from another one...
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Considering Winter Conditions While Planting

Thanks to Estabrook's for permission to repost! Sometimes in the fair weather of spring and summer our quest to "cover that foundation" or "get it in the ground" can get ahead of us. Snow from roofs, wind, rain and water run-off are all important considerations at the time of planting. The best way to avoid damage to plants is to allow enough room between structures and plants to all...
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Improving Your Winter Landscape

Thanks to Estabrook’s for permission to re-post. Does your winter garden picture lack a little something? Winter garden structure, whether provided by ornamental trees, shrubs, or structural perennials can both attractively block unsightly views and create new ones. Use the following tips to identify those areas of your garden that are less than inspiring and then make a plan to improv...
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Rose experts to speak at Maine Flower Show 2020

We’re excited to share that Mike & Angelina Chute will be speaking at the Maine Flower Show on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 10:30am. They have been rose gardening for over 25 years and are co-owners of RoseSolutions, a landscape consulting company that specializes in roses. They are both certified American Rose Society Master Rosarians. Mike is an accredited ARS horticultural rose judge. They ...
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Winter Gardening Projects

Thanks to Estabrook's for permission to re-post. Anxious to do a little gardening even in the middle of winter? There are plenty of tasks that can be accomplished when there's snow on the ground. The Inside Garden Check houseplants for signs of cold damage from drafty windows. Redistribute plants or think about using a small heat mat if the situation warrants it. With daylight le...
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Finding Common Ground in Sustainable Landscaping

This post is contributed by one of our Maine Flower Show speakers, Gary Fish, who is the Maine State Horticulturist. Most gardeners have similar goals: beautiful plantings, conquering pests, and a healthy environment. I’d like to broaden the dialog among gardeners who share these goals and encourage everyone to work together to establish a new meaning for the term sustainable landscaping. A...
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