Horticultural gardens in Europe began as apothecary gardens. Universities established them on their grounds so that medical students could become familiar with medicinal plants. 

(Photo: Hortus Botanicus at the university of Leiden, the oldest University in the Netherl...

Though we are a nation of coffee drinkers, during the dog days of August iced tea is popular everywhere. In this area “sweet tea” is the beverage of choice but elsewhere it is served unsweetened. Over 80 percent of the tea consumed in the United States is the chilled v...

Tea is the quintessential Chinese product. For millennia only the Chinese knew how to grow Camillia sinensis and how to process the leaves.

Buddhist monks spread the custom of drinking tea across Asia. They drank it in order to remain alert during long periods of medit...

One of the loveliest summer blooming landscape plants is the hydrangea. The genus contains at least 80 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs. They are found in the woodlands of East Asia and North and South America. Let’s look at the five family members available i...

It’s that time of year again: The dreaded “dog days” of summer when it is so hot and humid that gardeners have to rise early to scurry about completing chores before heat exhaustion overcomes them.

Believe it or not, the expression “dog days” was coined by the ancient R...

After an herbicide incident killed a mature shrub in the midst of a hedge row, we decided it was time for a fresh start for the front yard.

Starting from scratch, we knew we wanted lots of  warm-season color while needing the landscape to look interesting throughout th...

Summer is upon us and area gardeners might enjoy a break from weeding. Let’s explore some opportunities for quick getaways, day trips that refresh not exhaust or exasperate.

The Huntsville Botanical Garden makes a fabulous one-day destination. We went there a few years...

If there is one vegetable that thrives throughout a long, hot summer, it has got to be okra. In theory, it should do well wherever corn grows. Like corn, it is an important Southern food crop, but I did grow a miniature variety as an ornamental during my sojourn in Neb...

Ah, the dog days of summer when the gardener can relax and reap the harvest of spring’s hard, hopeful efforts. Alas, while the sun tea brews, there is no rest for the weary.

Keeping up with the water needs of the garden can be challenging when the summer is hot and dry....

Gardeners should wash clothing worn while spraying pesticides in a separate wash load. Run an empty washer load after washing that clothing to rinse away any pesticide residual. 

Should a pesticide spill onto clothing, shower and change as quickly as possible. Bag and...

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