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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

Mud boots mark the start of spring

Mud boots mark the start of spring

By Charlotte Albers With April showers on the way it’s time to begin the annual ritual of spring garden clean-up that heralds the start of another growing season. Most everyone I know is desperate for warm weather and gardeners are especially eager to start cool season crops like lettuce, arugula, and micro greens. In the… Read More »

Shelburne Bay Park needs garlic mustard eradication, volunteers needed to hand pull invasive plants in May

Shelburne Bay Park needs garlic mustard eradication, volunteers needed to hand pull invasive plants in May

Shelburne Bay Park is a wonderful resource for ephemeral spring flowers (such as trillium, hepatica, Carolina spring beauty, trout lily, and columbine), the earliest flowers to appear after a long cold winter. Although short-lived, ephemeral flowers bloom when the leaves of the trees are still in bud. Over the years, garlic mustard, a non-native herb… Read More »

Professional horticulturalist makes presentation April 22, Rodney Eason discusses the future of gardening

Rodney Eason, one of America’s top professional horticulturalists, will make a presentation at Faith United Methodist Church on April 22 from 6-8pm in South Burlington. Eason is Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, one of the country’s newest and most dynamic gardens. In his talk, Eason… Read More »