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Serena Manickam

Serena Manickam is a freelance editor and writer and sustainable market gardener in rural Virginia. She holds a BA in environmental science and runs Fairydiddle Farm, a small market garden in which she grows no-spray produce and herbs to sell at a local farmer’s market.

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day this Mothers’ Day Weekend

 As much as we enjoy pottering around our own gardens, touring a public garden can offer a refreshing change, allowing us to appreciate plants without constantly adding weeding, pruning, and other chores to a mental to-do list. Public gardens provide inspiration, education, and a chance for a relaxing stroll with friends or family. Many also …

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11 Yellow Flowers That Start With Y

Given that most flowers that start with Y contain the word yellow in their common name, their lovely petals tend to bloom in golden hues. Take a look through the following list to discover some flowering plants that will add sunny color to your garden. Annual Flowers that Start with Y 1. Yellow bell (Allamanda cathartica) …

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Tips for Celebrating National Asparagus Month this May

One of the first spring vegetables to poke through the soil, asparagus is worthy of celebration after a winter of frozen, canned, and imported produce. The appearance of fresh, local asparagus at newly reopened farmers markets and roadside stands alerts us to the presence of spring just as surely as blooming daffodils and budding trees. …

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7 Extraordinary Flowers That Start With X

Many of us, when asked to name a word that starts with the letter X, will think first of xylophone or X-ray. If asked to name a flower that starts with X, well, we’ll probably just scratch our heads. But such plants do exist! Keep reading to learn about some of the extraordinary flowers that start with …

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16 Wonderful Flowers That Start With W

Looking to add wow, whimsy, or wonder to your garden? You’ve come to the right place! Browse through this list of wonderful flowers that start with W, and you just might find a few spectacular plants that you’ve never heard of before. Annual Flowers that Start with W 1. Wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri) Named for …

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State Flowers List (With Pictures)

Each state in the U.S. has several official symbols, including a flag, bird, tree, and of course, flower. Do you know the official flower of your state? Browse through this state flowers list to learn more about your and other state flowers, and perhaps create a new, unique garden theme in your landscape.   Although …

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Celebrate National Native Plant Month This April!

As gardeners, we find great joy in discovering and introducing new plants to our outdoor (and indoor!) spaces, but I also find it remarkably fulfilling – and exciting – to narrow my search to plants endemic to my area. Nature uses a rich palette to paint beautiful landscapes, and we certainly can’t go wrong mimicking …

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4 Fun Ways To Celebrate National Garden Month (April)

As warm weather works its way north, we grow increasingly impatient to sink our hands into the soil and nurture seeds into lush foliage. It seems fitting, then, that April has been designated National Garden Month. What better way to celebrate spring than through gardening? History of National Garden Month In 1986, President Reagan signed …

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Why You Should Celebrate Weed Appreciation Day on March 28

Weeds are something almost every gardener loves to hate. We spend hours digging them out of the ground, yet the stubborn little plants continue to pop up where we don’t want them. If you’re anything like me, you always feel behind on weeding. So why on earth would anyone want to celebrate Weed Appreciation Day? …

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Rose Rosette Disease – What It Is and How to Treat It

Favored among writers and gardeners alike, roses are classic flowers that fit in almost any landscape. But what happens when a disease threatens your flourishing rose collection? One such threat is rose rosette disease, and in the sections below, we will explore what it is, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from …

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