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Christmas Gift Plants Suggestions

December 3, 20214 min read
Christmas Gift Plants Suggestions
Perhaps you would like to give a gardener in your life a plant or reward yourself with a plant. Here are Christmas gift plants to consider.

SHRUB: Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

December 3, 20211 min read
SHRUB: Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

This compact shrub is indigenous to woodland edges, prairies, and roadsides throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic.* Although somewhat slow to establish, its extensive root system, drought tolerance, and ability to fix nitrogen make it an excellent choice for challenging garden…

Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Emma Williams

December 2, 20211 min read
Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Emma Williams

Bruce Langridge chats to one of Wales’ leading mycologists Emma Williams. She tells how a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales helped inspire her to get into fungi, how studying coal spoil fungi has changed her views on…

Flowerpot Podcast – the One with Angharad Phillips

December 2, 20211 min read
Flowerpot Podcast – the One with Angharad Phillips

Bruce Langridge chats to Angharad Phillips about the landscape restoration that has attracted thousands of visitors to the National Botanic Garden of Wales in 2021.  The post Flowerpot Podcast – the One with Angharad Phillips appeared first on National Botanic…

Flowrepot Podcast – The One with Gary Davies

December 2, 20211 min read
Flowrepot Podcast – The One with Gary Davies

Bruce Langridge chats to the Head of Trustees at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Gary Davies. They discuss how trustees can help a modern botanic garden to flourish whilst Gary also adds his special perspective as a former employee…

Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Thomas McBride

December 2, 20211 min read
Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Thomas McBride

Bruce Langridge chats to Nottingham University student Thomas McBride about his year’s placement at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Thomas talks enthusiastically about his research into pollinating insects and the application of this new knowledge. We also get to…

Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Kathryn Thomas

December 2, 20211 min read
Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Kathryn Thomas

Bruce Langridge chats to Kathryn Thomas about the work she’s been doing to improve the biodiversity of land managed by the Swansea Bay University Health Board. Her Biophilic Wales project team demonstrate how the National Botanic Garden of Wales can…

Visit California: December Events in California

December 1, 20211 min read
Visit California: December Events in California

Excerpt: Explore the decorated—and fascinating—house and gardens of this 1917 country estate in San Mateo County, 30 miles south of San Francisco. See the colors of its 16-acre garden by daylight and settle in by the firepits with a warm…

Secret San Francisco: This Enchanted Garden Is One Of The Bay’s Most Beautiful Holiday Light Displays

December 1, 20212 min read
Secret San Francisco: This Enchanted Garden Is One Of The Bay’s Most Beautiful Holiday Light Displays

Excerpt: Filoli Estate and Gardens are dripping with thousands of breathtaking lights!Holidays at Filoli is one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful and lesser-known light displays, taking place now at Filoli Estate & Gardens in Woodside. The gorgeous estate has…

It’s time to winterize your garden – Here’s how

December 1, 20211 min read
It’s time to winterize your garden – Here’s how

As the days grow cooler and shorter and flowers fade, there are still tasks for the home gardener. Whether you grow plants in containers on a patio, in window boxes, or a small, urban garden space, you’ll want to take…

Featured Plants

Cosmos

Cosmos

This plant is not native to Canada, but is a very popular annual. With finely cut leaves, showy flowers and a long blooming season, Cosmos are quite hardy, blooming profusely…

Prairie Dock

Prairie Dock

Magnificent Silphium genus, it displays its bright yellow flowers on tall stems in late summer. Grows easily from seed, and is at home on a wide variety of soils, from…

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Canada’s only native cactus is a great conversation piece. Prickly Pear Cactus (Opundia) is a unique addition to any garden, indoors or out. Plant in dry, sandy soil and enjoy…