Outdoor Living Ideas: Bringing Children Outside

Outdoor Living Ideas: Bringing Children Outside

Children need to “Go outside and play!”, as our mothers often told us when we were youngsters.   The importance for kids to exercise and play outside has been proven time and time again.  Research collected by the National Wildlife Federation points to the outdoors for decreasing obesity and ADHD disorders as well as for […]

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Common Landscape Plants with Unusual Edible Qualities: Not Your Typical Fruit or Vegetable!

Common Landscape Plants with Unusual Edible Qualities: Not Your Typical Fruit or Vegetable!

We all want a landscape that is easy to maintain, provides beauty all year round, and provides benefits for our families, right? What if we create landscapes that are even more beneficial to our families and to wildlife, where we could, in season, simply pick fruit right off the tree in our backyard? And what […]

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Views Outdoors and Pictures of Plants May Reduce Stress and Speed Recovery from Surgery.

Views Outdoors and Pictures of Plants May Reduce Stress and Speed Recovery from Surgery.

The following article, published by Scientific American, will hit home for those of you who have ever spent much time in a hospital or have worked in an office or school without much for windows.  Read on to discover how much plants can affect your quality of life. The notion that the fresh breezes, dappled […]

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Grimm’s Gardens Staff Returns from Green Industry Conference in Kentucky

Grimm’s Gardens Staff Returns from Green Industry Conference in Kentucky

Last week, seven Grimm’s Gardens staff members (including myself) traveled to Louisville, Kentucky.  As we embarked on the nine hour drive to the Green Industry Conference (GIC) sponsored by PLANET Landcare Network, we relished the change in terrain and plant species.  In the back of the van, Nadine Champlin and Andrew Mitchell marveled at the […]

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How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements: Fall Floral Design

How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements: Fall Floral Design

Ever wonder how to use your landscape to create beautiful floral designs?  Follow the step by step guide in this second edition of How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements. (See first edition here) Materials: Vase Scissors Permission to cut plants in the landscape Water 6 or 7 stems of Miscanthus (Maidenhair) Grass 1 […]

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Using Native Grasses in the Landscape

Using Native Grasses in the Landscape

Native grasses have always fascinated me. Living in the Great Plains, and growing up in the Smoky Hills Region of Kansas, I got to find grasses from two separate ecoregions. The tall grasses of the east and short grasses of the west seemed to collide in my backyard. Now, I use native grasses and sedges […]

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Plant Bulbs in Fall for Spring Color!

Plant Bulbs in Fall for Spring Color!

Fall is the Time to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs!   Even as leaves begin to change color and our fall perennials are blooming best, we have to think about next year’s spring color. Spring flowering bulbs really gear me up for my late spring and summer gardening. They show me that even in early spring; […]

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