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The last weekend of September is upon us, and in our neck of the woods it is known as "Fair Week". I love the fact that the entire town of Durham pitches in to put on this four day event. The schools are even closed...

Despite the warm, humid weather we have been having, we officially welcome the first day of fall on Sunday, September 23rd. To celebrate, we will be OPEN SUNDAYS for the rest of the year from 10-4. This Sunday is VERY special for a few other reasons....

Let me let you in on a little secret. Fall gardens are the best. We have just survived heat waves and monsoons and all kinds of extreme weather patterns. The ground is deeply saturated, a rare occurrence in mid-September compared to years past. The nights are...

It is the time of year for the boss to take a break and I (Diane) am here to write this weeks email. It definitely still is summer, however there are SO MANY new things arriving for fall. We got in one of our huge...

I went shopping on Monday and was surprised to see mums at the grocery store and Halloween candy on the grocery store shelves. It's that time of year again: back to school time, the last few weeks of August. As a gardener, I am seeing...

What a month we are having! First it was HOT. Really hot. Then it started raining and just kept on raining. The good news is that I have never seen the ground so saturated and ready for plants in August as it is now. The...

This week, everywhere I went, I saw huge stands of our native summersweet, Clethra alnifolia. What a heady scent this shrub has. It is really easy to grow, a pollinator I spotted this Eastern black swallowtail caterpillar on my fennel plant magnet, and will perfume your yard...

Some Interesting New Plants   I was at a nursery the other day and I discovered a new and very cool summer blooming Spirea. It is called 'Painted Lady' and the leaves are variegated white and green! Oddly enough, they told me that in early spring, the...

When you think of summer, what flowers come to mind? Top of the list are hydrangeas. This week we are SO psyched to be hosting Lorraine Ballato, CT author and hydrangea expert. Her long awaited workshop Success with Hydrangeas is happening this Saturday morning from...

An INSTANT Pollinator Garden   Do you want to do something to help our precious pollinators? I keep reading post on Facebook that folks just aren't seeing the bees they used to see in their yards. Not me. My yard is ABUZZ with life, even at night...