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 »

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… Read More »

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.… Read More »