Sake and the World of Japanese Plants
Join Paul James as he shares his knowledge on sake and his favorite Japanese Plants
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Warm-Season Veggies Have Arrived
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Join us at the garden center for some of our special events!
Back by popular demand, join us for this spring's Planting "Bar" series. Bring your own pot or buy one from us, then plant away with help from our staff. Choose from annuals, perennials, tropics, succulents, herbs and so on to create your own potted masterpiece while enjoying a glass or two of wine and light snacks.
In this 90-minute workshop by Oklahoma textile maker Natasha Ball of House Sparrow Fine Nesting, you will create your very own handmade macrame hanging planter. We will cover basis macrame terms and techniques, including how to customize your hanger for any planter, how to decorate your hanger with knots and fringe, and how to hang your final piece. All supplies, including a take-home DIY instruction booklet, are included. Natasha will have additional hanging-planter kits, which include cord, beads, hanger, and instruction booklet, available for purchase during class.
Join Paul James as he walks you through the tasty world of tequila and samples some of his favorites, including blanco, reposado, and anejo versions, while simultaneously showing you his favorite desert plants, including cacti and succulents and -- of course -- agave, without which there would be no tequila! Don't expect fancy margaritas or other mixed drinks. And don't think you'll be shooting this spirit from a shot glass. This is strictly for the tequila purist, so plan on doing some slow sipping (and savoring).
Cost of class is $10, and is limited to 30 guests. Registration is required. Light food pairings will be served.
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Being a plant geek, I’m always on the lookout for new plants. At the same time I’m drawn to what’s not necessarily new, but just plain cool, and in my opinion overlooked by too many of my fellow gardeners. So with those thoughts in mind, here’s a look at what I’m diggin’ now.
Last Sunday I was having lunch with my father at his assisted living center, when out of nowhere an elderly woman shouted at me from across the dining room. “Is it time to plant tomatoes?” she asked. “Yes, and everything else that grows,” I answered, which prompted a collective chuckle from the diners. And to everyone else who’s asked me that question in the past week – in the grocery store, at the pharmacy, while walking the dog -- my answer is the same…but with one caveat.
I have a confession to make: I’m a compulsive mulcher. You might even say I’m a mulch maniac. It all started nearly 40 years ago when I used a light layer of straw to cover my first vegetable garden, something I’ve done every year since. A year later, I started using bags of chipped and shredded wood mulch in my ornamental beds, a practice that continues to this day. So clearly, I’m hooked on mulch. And you should be too.
Officially, Not everyone fancies themselves a hardcore gardener. I get that. A lot of folks are simply homeowners who want a nice looking landscape but don’t want to spend hours on end taking care of it. That’s why I came up with this list of what I call Foolproof Plants. These are plants that practically thrive on neglect, will tolerate all types of soil, are bothered by few if any pests and diseases, and, as if all that weren’t enough, they’re also beautiful.