From asters to zinnias, fall garden favorites

From asters to zinnias, fall garden favorites

By Charlotte Albers It’s that time of year – pumpkins, cider. Big juicy tomatoes, and the flight of geese overhead in chevrons moving across the autumn skies. In the garden, perennial maintenance is much easier with cooler temperatures, and now is the time to cut back certain plants to prevent seeding, improve the overall aesthetic […]

Plant now for a beautiful garden in the future

Plant now for a beautiful garden in the future

By Melinda Myers Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long-term beauty to your garden. Add cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons, ornamental kale and stocks to brighten the fall garden. […]

Easy as Pie

Easy as Pie

Having a great day is as easy as pie at Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie & Ice Cream Social to happen on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 1 to 4pm. A corps of pie-baking volunteers has been perfecting the art of pie making for more than 25 years. Peach, apple, and berry pies of every kind – […]

Vermont Open Farm Week celebrates local food origins

Vermont Open Farm Week celebrates local food origins

Farmers across Vermont opened their barn doors and garden gates for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscape for Open Farm Week last week. This inaugural event was held Aug. 3 through 9. Organizers planned it to coincide with National Farmers’ Market Week – also the first week of August. More than 100 farms […]

Late blight identified in Hinesburg

Late blight identified in Hinesburg

Julie Rubaud, owner of Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, said home gardeners and farmers all share a responsibility in keeping late blight, a damaging fungal disease, at bay. She is urging local growers to destroy any infected plants by cutting down the foliage and burning it or disposing of it in sealed garbage bags at […]

Annual plant sale at the UVM Horticulture Farm

Annual plant sale at the UVM Horticulture Farm

The Friends of the Horticulture Farm will host the 21st Annual Benefit Plant Sale on Sunday, July 19 at the UVM Horticultural Research and Education Center, 65 Green Mountain Drive, off Route 7, in South Burlington from 10am to 3pm. Members of The Friends get the first pick of plants at the special Members-Only Preview […]

Classic Hydrangeas

Classic Hydrangeas

By Charlotte Albers With summer in full swing, hydrangeas are one of the most noticeable shrubs in the landscape. There are many varieties of hydrangeas but all need consistent moisture and part to full sun. They make excellent foundation plants and are good choices for mixed borders where their form and flowers add beauty during […]

Sweet Potato Slip Sale returns for seventh year

Sweet Potato Slip Sale returns for seventh year

Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg invites the public to the 7th Annual Sweet Potato Slip Sale to benefit the Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN) on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14 from 8am to 6pm. VCGN pots thousands of Beauregard sweet potato slips and Red Wagon cares for them until the sale, when they […]

Choose native plants when landscaping to help promote wildlife

Spring has finally arrived in Vermont, and gardeners and landscapers are eagerly breaking out their shovels in anticipation of the year’s spring plantings. Beyond the beauty new gardens provide, landscapers can make a big difference for wildlife with the plants they choose, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Jon Kart. “Native plants such as […]

Best annuals for extended color

Best annuals for extended color

By Charlotte Albers With planting beds readied for the summer season it’s time to take a look at openings in the garden and add annuals into spaces between perennials, ornamental grass, shrubs, and groundcovers. Now is the time to make notes about shade or sun areas that could be made visually interesting with the addition […]

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