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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vermont Flower Show opens at Champlain Valley Expo, Feb. 27

Vermont Flower Show opens at Champlain Valley Expo, Feb. 27

By Charlotte Albers The 2015 Vermont Flower Show comes to the Champlain Exposition Center Feb. 27, 28, and March 1. Produced by Green Works – the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association – the bi-annual event will once again host exhibitors and vendors in the gardening industry. There will also be educational displays by organizations like […]

Explore the gardens of Paris from the comfort of Vermont

Explore the gardens of Paris from the comfort of Vermont

Shelburne resident Charlotte Albers will take the Burlington Garden Club on a visual journey of the “Gardens of Paris” on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1:15pm at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. After a brief meeting, Albers will take attendees on a pictorial tour of Luxembourg Gardens, Place Royale, and the Tuileries, among other […]

Master Gardener course scholarship available

The University of Vermont’s (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program provides the information and tools necessary to “promote successful, safe, and environmentally prudent home horticulture practices through education and community activities,” according the program’s website. Applications for scholarships to attend the next UVM Extension Master Gardener class in 2015 are being accepted now through Dec. 1. […]

Think yellow for spring cheer

Think yellow for spring cheer

By Charlotte Albers As frost approaches many of us are busy readying our gardens for winter: pulling out annual flowers and vegetables, cutting back perennials, or dividing them and replanting while the soil is still workable. While the growing season is coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to think about adding bulbs for […]

How to make your yard more environmentally friendly

How to make your yard more environmentally friendly

It’s easy to make your home more eco-friendly, and your yard is a great place to start. This season, take steps to limit your home’s impact on the local environment by giving your outdoor spaces an earth-friendly makeover. Limit Yard Waste When the leaves fall from the trees, you may be dealing with extra bundles […]

Preserve the harvest for winter meals, holiday gifts

Preserve the harvest for winter meals, holiday gifts

by Melinda Myers The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes, and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s market. So what is a gardener or shopper to […]

Local landscaper discusses winter gardening on Oct. 1

Local landscaper discusses winter gardening on Oct. 1

Landscape designer and writer Judith Irven of North Country Reflections in Goshen, Vt., will lead a presentation at the UVM Horticulture Farm in South Burlington Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6-8pm. Her talk, “White Magic in Your Garden,” will focus on how to look at the building blocks of a winter garden using plants to showcase […]