Monthly Archives: January 2016

  1. The 7 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Western United States in 2016

    Top 7 Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Western United States

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    #7 The Huntington Library (San Marino, CA)

    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a massive research institution in San Marino, CA. Its mission is education and research, and on its grounds you can find dozens of collections serving that mission. The botanical gardens contain over 15,000 different plant varieties in twelve distinct garden exhibits. Included in these is their Conservatory and Children's Garden, a Desert Garden, and multiple Eastern-hemisphere cultural exhibits. Also, their Rose Garden contains hundreds of cultivars of roses, a vast variety.  

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    #6 Ganna Walska Lotusland (Santa Barbara, CA)

    Also known simply as Lotusland, this 36-acre garden was once the estate of Polish opera singer Ganna Walska. The fourteen distinct gardens are open to tours by reservation only. From February through November, there are two tours per day. Ganna developed the gardens over the span of four decades, with help from her devoted staff. Because of the hot climate of southern California, the garden is able to host such exotic species as cycads, bromeliads, and cacti. Observing the product of Ganna's passion may just inspire a new feature in your own garden.  

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    #5 Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver, CO)

    In the heart of Colorado, Denver's Botanic Gardens span 23 acres and contain multiple parks and a conservatory. Many of their gardens feature native plants that are unique to the Rocky Mountains region, but they also have exhibits of succulents, lowland tropical plants, and aquatic plants. They can brag about their collection of cold-climate dwelling plants from around the world, as it's the largest in North America. You'll also want to see their mountainside collection of alpine wildflowers located along hiking trails on Mt. Goliath. If you're looking for an outdoorsy tourist spot that maintains the natural beauty of the Rockies, look no further.

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    #4 Desert Botanical Gardens (Phoenix, AZ)

    This 140-acre botanical garden was established by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society (ACNFS) in 1939! This is the garden to visit if you've ever been curious about desert-dwelling plants. Walking the trails of this garden, you'll get to see and learn about the native plants (and people) of the Sonoran, including cacti, wildflowers, desert grasslands, and more. Their Center for Desert Living trail features and herb garden, display gardens, and a living trial garden for testing the viability of newly developed plants in the desert environment. The Desert Botanical Garden is the place to learn all about what grows under the desert sun.  

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    #3 San Francisco Botanical Garden (San Francisco, CA)

    Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Botanical Garden contains over 50,000 plants on its 55-acre grounds, collected from around the world. The garden's focus includes exhibiting plants from the incredible cloud forest ecosystems of South and Central America. Cloud forests get their name from the frequent (in some cases, constant) fog that clouds them. The cloud forest exhibit in the San Francisco Botanical Garden was started in 1984, and is thriving today. The Garden also features a Redwood Grove, showcasing California natives, and a magnolia collection.    

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    #2 Bellevue Botanical Garden (Bellevue, WA)

    This gorgeous park, located in Bellevue, WA, is open daily and admission is free! Within its 36 acres, Bellevue Botanical Garden features 15 distinct exhibits, including a fern collection, rhododendron glen, and rock garden. Discover the Pacific Northwest's native wildlife (and more!) on their hiking trails. One of their trails takes visitors on a loop through a steep natural ravine and across a suspension bridge. There, you can view the unspoiled natural landscape, replete with plants and animals in their natural habitat. The suspension bridge allows visitors to take in all this natural beauty without disturbing the precious forest floor ecosystem. More of a garden enthusiast than a hiker? Check out their exhibits on the American garden, including a ground cover exhibit and a perennial borders exhibit. Their Waterwise Garden teaches gardeners and families creative ways to conserve water, avoid chemical run-off, and other tips for limiting your garden's impact on the local flora.

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    #1 National Tropical Botanical Garden (Hawaii)

    Way, way out west in Hawaii is the main location of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). The NTBG cultivates and preserves tropical species for the purpose of conservation and education. Hawaii's climate is entirely unique to the United States, making it the perfect location for the NTBG. Alongside scenic beaches, the gardens feature some of the most exotic species from deep in the rainforests, including rare fruits and orchids. The NTBG is also a research institution for restoration and conservation ecology as well as ethnobotany and sustainability. Add this to the long list of reasons to visit Hawaii!

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  2. The 6 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Southern United States in 2016

    6 Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Southern United States in 2016

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    #6 Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Charlotte, NC)

    Open year-round, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is the premier botanic garden of the Carolinas. Its mission is to connect its visitors with nature for purposes of enjoyment, education, and the promotion of conservation. This 380-acre garden hosts a wide variety of plant species. Walking paths provide a direct immersion into nature, and some of them feature fountains and lakeside views. Also, don't miss out on the conservatory's tropical plants and collection of orchids!   

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     #5 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (Dallas, TX)

    A landmark in Dallas, TX, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden spreads over 66-acres of grounds and contains 19 named gardens. One exciting feature is the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden: and 8-acre exhibit where children and their families or teachers can experience biology and Earth science firsthand.

       

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    #4 Fort Worth Botanic Garden (Ft Worth TX)

    Another gorgeous spot in Texas makes the list: the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. This classy attraction features two distinctive historic-style rose gardens, an enchanting Japanese garden, a conservatory, and much more. For the traveling botanist, the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk is a must-see. Stroll through the true native nature of Texas in this preserved slice of wild country.  

     

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    #3 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables, FL)

    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a conservation haven located just outside Miami. In addition to acres on acres of garden exhibits, this destination also features tropical fish and thousands of exotic butterflies. Tourable labs allow you to see conservation science in action. Florida's unique climate allows this Garden to be home to collections of outdoor plants that can't be grown in other parts of the United States, such as species from the Caribbean and the spiny forests of Madagascar.    

     

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    #2 Naples Botanical Garden (Naples FL)

    Naples Botanical Garden is another garden taking advantage of the unique climate that Florida provides, but on the opposite coast. One of the southernmost places in the contiguous United State, Naples is green all year. In addition to Brazilian, Caribbean, and Asian garden collections, Naples Botanical Garden offers a look at real Florida nature. Their Preserve showcases the wonder and brilliant of wild Florida. From flooded brackish marsh to dry upland scrub, the 90-acre Preserve has conserved all types of unspoiled habitat for Florida's natural wildlife. Sharing space with hundreds of native species (many of them rare and endangered), visiting the Preserve will make you feel like you've gone back in time.  

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    #1 Atlanta Botanical Garden (Atlanta, GA)

    With 18 distinct plant exhibits, Atlanta Botanical Garden can be an all-day adventure or a quick tourist stop, depending on what you're hoping to see. Their indoor and outdoor collections contain just about everything. Their High Elevation House displays the beauty and diversity of the high Andes Mountains, complete with a man-made waterfall that's home to Andean orchids. Can't get enough orchids? Carry on to the Orchid House. If visiting exotic lands is your pursuit, check out the Desert House, the Japanese Garden, or the Tropical Rotunda. The website has visitors' guides of all types in their Day Planner section, to help provide you with the garden visit that suits your unique interests. This spring, the garden will be hosting an exhibit by internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly, who incorporates his works into the Garden's natural beauty.

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  3. The 5 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Eastern United States in 2016

    Botanical Gardens to Visit on the East Coast

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    #5 New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY)

    This little oasis is a great place to bring the family for a day of adventure, relaxation, and discovery. With a whopping 27 distinct garden exhibits across their 250 acres, this garden is likely to have just what you're looking for. Roses to orchids, crapapples to conifers, and conservatory, adventure garden, or wetlands trail: why choose? New York Botanical Garden has is all.

     

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    #4 Brooklyn Botanical Garden (Brooklyn, NY)

    That's right: the Big Apple is big enough for more than one massive botanical garden! Just across the water you'll find the lovely Brooklyn Botanical Garden, replete with its own adventures. Check out the Bonzai Museum to see these works of living art (maybe even get inspired to start your own bonzai garden!) After that, explore the garden's many indoor pavillions to send your imagination on a journey to the desert, the tropics, and more- All in one afternoon!  

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    #3 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay, ME)

    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens opened up for visitors in 2007. True to its name, the Gardens span 270 acres of tidal shoreland. The Gardens' mission is to preserve, protect, and display the natural beauty of coastal Maine. They do this by showcasing native flora and natural landscapes in a delicate balance with man-made paths and the region's unique architecture.   

         

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    #2 United States Botanic Garden (Washington, DC)

    Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, this living museum promotes the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humans. The United States Botanic Garden teaches the method and value of conservation while also providing a uniquely beautiful experience for visitors. Within the national garden and conservatory, you'll find all sorts of varieties of plants, from the rarest to the most common, from around the world. For more in-depth information about the garden and its sustainability efforts, or to plan your visit, check out their awesome website.  

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    #1 Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA)

    This massive property began budding as an arboretum for over 200 years. Under the loving eye of its former owner Pierre S. du Pont, it became a public garden with exhibits inspired by gardens from around the world. Within its astounding 1077 acres are 4.5 acres of heated greenhouse conservatories, 20 indoor gardens, and 20 outdoor gardens. This garden is so prolific, many of its flowers are signature species, bred within its grounds. Every year in March, blue poppies bloom in their heated conservatory. These rare flowers were once thought to be a myth, but at Longwood gardens you can see them (and so, so much more) with your own eyes.

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  4. 5 of the Biggest Trees You Can Plant at Home

    "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese Proverb Every tree is different.  Some are little more than bushes at their tallest, while others are meant to grow gigantic and form canopies in the sky.  If you're looking for a tree that will tower over your yard for decades to come, check out these varieties:

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    5. Northern Red Oak: avg. 90 ft, exceptional specimens taller than 140 ft

    Sometimes called the champion oak, the northern red oak (Quercus rubra) is native to North America and can be found growing wild almost anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains. In the forest, they grow over 100 ft tall. Grown in an open yard, they are likely to be more stout, but with heights still averaging about 70 ft tall.  In spring and autumn, the red oak earns its name with bright red foliage.  This tree puts down deep roots quickly, and is not easy to relocate once it's been planted.  However, a healthy Northern Red Oak may have a lifespan of 500 years, according to the USDA.     

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    4. Red Maple: avg. 59 to 89 ft, exceptional specimens taller than 115 ft

    Another big red tree to consider is the Red Maple.  These are among the most common trees found in the eastern and central United States and Canada.  The tallest known specimen is in Michigan, and is 125 ft tall.  Because they are so common in the wild, the red maple is a good tree for bringing birds to your yard.  On average, they will grow to around 60-90 ft tall.  They grow somewhat quickly, with saplings reaching 20 ft tall within the first 10 years.     

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    3. Dawn Redwood: avg. 50-90 ft

    The Dawn Redwood is the last living species of its genus, Metasequoia.  Native to Asia, it can thrive as an ornamental in the United States.  Unlike its relative the California Redwood, the Dawn Redwood is deciduous.  Its leaves are thin and conifer-like, but it is not an evergreen. Although it is dwarfed in comparison to the other redwoods, it will still grow up to 200 ft.        

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    2. American Sycamore: avg. 30 to 40 m (98 to 131 ft)

    Lovely, hearty, and steadfast, the American Sycamore (Plantus occidentalis) is a deciduous tree native to North America, east of the Rockies. Its most distinguishing feature is its bark.  Older bark sloughs off in thin pieces, exposing dappled fresh bark underneath. This gives the tree a nice ornamental appearance.       

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    1. Eastern White Pine: around 150 ft after 50 years

    The Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) can become a giant in your very own yard.  They are fast growing between the ages of 15 and 45 years, adding around 3-4 ft of new height every year.  Younger and older trees grow more slowly. They have a long lifespan, thought to be around 400 years.  The tallest currently living white pines are around 180 ft tall.  

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  5. The 7 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Midwest in 2016

    7 Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Midwest Is your New Year's Resolution to travel more? Living in the midwest, sometimes it's easy to feel as though there's nothing worth visiting for miles around. But what is a better destination for a gardener than a lovely garden? The following seven botanical gardens, spread across the midwest, are host to vast collections of interesting plants and gardening techniques, and receive visitors from around the world! 

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    #7 Lauritzen Gardens (Omaha, NE) Located in Nebraska's largest city, Lauritzen Gardens is our own little backyard botanical garden. It is open all year, but especially resplendent in the spring, when the flowers bloom. The garden is growing all the time, frequently adding new exhibits. In 2014, a new $20 million greenhouse addition opened. The 4-acre arboretum features many regional species, including a maple forest and a marsh exhibit.    

     

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    #6 Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Columbus, OH)

    The outdoor garden collections at Franklin Park Conservatory include 6 distinct collections. Being outdoor, they change with the seasons, providing a unique experience with each visit. Interestingly, the conservatory is home to a Trial Garden, wherein newly developed varieties of plants are cultivated to test their growing success in the Ohio climate. Visiting the Trial Garden, you'll find experimental annuals and perennials you've never seen before.    

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    #5 Hidden Lake Gardens (East Lansing, MI)

    Hidden Lake Gardens is an extension of Michigan State University. 200 acres of land, with the beautiful garden already cultivated on it, was donated to the University by Harry A. Fee in 1945. His vision was that the land be used for the education and benefit of the public. Today, the 70 year old Gardens span 755 acres. The Gardens change from season to season, striving to offer a scenic destination year-round. They offer classes for people of all ages, as well as enriching the education of the University's students.  

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    #4 Memphis Botanic Garden (Memphis, TN)

    Home to 28 specialty gardens, the Memphis Botanic Garden emphasizes education and connecting the community with nature. The gardens and plant specimens are organized logically, valuing their worth as educational tools. Since they provide educational programs for thousands of area children, the garden is extraordinarily child-friendly. One exhibit, the "My Big Backyard" family garden, is built for play. Its goal is to encourage children to engage in nature using outdoor fun. Additionally, there is the Little Garden Club Sensory Garden. This is an area specially designed to allow individuals with special needs to enjoy the garden experience.

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    #3 International Peace Garden (North Dakota)

    The International Peace Garden, straddling the border between the United States and Canada, serves as a symbol of peace between the two nations. It was dedicated in 1932, using materials, labor, and funding sourced equally from the US and Canada. Its landmark stone, with each nation’s flag flying on either side, is inscribed with these words: "TO GOD IN HIS GLORY,we two nations dedicate this garden and pledge ourselves that as long as men shall live, we will not take up arms against one another." Today, the funding for the garden remains equally sourced from the two nations. Each year, the gardeners plant over 150,000 flowers.    

     

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    #2 Chicago Botanic Garden (Chicago, IL)

    Embedded in the urban landscape of Chicago, the city's Botanic Garden is prolific in size, situated on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It spans 385 acres, on and around 9 small islands. Its collection is so large and comprehensive, it is accredited by the American Association of Museums. As well as attracting visitors from around the world, the Chicago Botanic Garden gives the surrounding urban community access to the beauty and wonders of the wilderness. They are open year-round, offering classes and tours, and providing educational outreach programs for the city's children. Within the gardens, you can also find the Lenhardt Library, home to one of the largest collections of rare botanical books.  

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    #1 Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO)

    The Missouri Botanical Garden, located in St. Louis, MO, is a National Historic Landmark that opened its doors over 150 years ago. Its 79 acres are home to more than 4800 trees, including some which were planted by the founder, Henry Shaw, when first establishing the garden. Within the garden you'll find several distinct gardening exhibits. For example, their 14-acre Japanese strolling garden is one of the largest in North America. Exotic tropical and temperate plants from around the world thrive in their climate-controlled conservatories. For the home gardener, though, their most exciting exhibit is the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening. There, you'll find almost two dozen small, residential-scale gardens grown to demonstrate various techniques you can adopt at home!

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  6. Top 8 Gardeners to Follow on Twitter in 2016

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    Have you resolved to be more connected to those who share your interests?  Or maybe you're new to gardening and want to learn from seasoned masters?   No matter what your reason, if you're looking for quick 140-character bursts of gardening advice, we have some new friends for you.  

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    Urban Gardens @urbangardens

    Based out of Santa Monica, CA, Urban Gardens is exactly what it appears to be. "A creative fusion of urban style, design, and nature."  They post tips and tricks for getting greenery into your urban lifestyle. Perfect pal for a city dweller with a gardener's heart! #urban #planters

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    Gardening Know How @gardenknowhow

    This account encourages followers to ask "gardening questions" and get "gardening answers."  Most commonly, this account posts articles with tips for growing specific plants. #gardening  

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    ShawnaCoronado @ShawnaCoronado

    Shawna Coronado is based out of the Chicago area and passionate about gardening, green living, and healthy eating.  Self-described "wild woman," her feed is an interesting collection of articles, pictures, and videos regarding her passions and DIY how-to's. #GrowWhatYouLove  

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    Teresa O'Connor @SeasonalWisdom

    Based out of California and Idaho, Teresa O'Connor is a "writer, speaker and trained master gardener" whose online presence is all about gardening.  Follow her for #gardengossip.        

       

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    Garden Design Mag @GardenDesignMag

    This is the Twitter account of a print magazine, Garden Design, which focuses on horticulture and design.  They post original content as well as seeking out and re-tweeting gardening tips from others. #GardenMag  

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    J. Mark White, ASLA @GardenWiseInc

    J. Mark White is a professional landscape architect in Washington, D.C. His feed is chock-full of interesting articles relevant to gardening, farming, and most of all landscape architecture. #LandArch    

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    GardenChat w/ Bren @BG_garden

    Based out of Ohio, Bren is the host of #gardenchat. This is her personal official Twitter account. Follow her to hear about what she's doing in her garden. She keeps her followers updated to her gardening activities and the day-to-day changes in her personal gardens and geodesic dome. #growingnorth  

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    @TheGardenChat

    We saved one of our favorites for last. The official account for #gardenchat, which takes places online on Monday evenings.  Since 2009, #gardenchat has been encouraging community and conversation among established and aspiring gardeners.  The goal is to enrich more lives by spreading the love of gardening. Follow to learn more!

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  7. Top 10 Gardening Blogs to Follow in 2016

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    To start of the new year, we wanted to select 10 of our favorite gardening blogs to highlight. We think you will like them too. We tried to select a diverse group of blogs, who write (and film) about different subjects and from different areas in the country. These blogs are in no particular order, because ranking them was an impossible task. Without further adieu:  

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    If you live in the Southeastern United States, in Zone 8, this is a great blog to follow! Every month, Helen posts a timely to-do list for maintaining your southeastern garden that month. Weekly, she shares with her followers what she’s doing in her personal garden, and calls for responses; what are you doing in your garden this week?  As well as serving to build the community, this gives readers a wide variety of garden practices to observe from afar. She writes about her travels, detailing the gardens she sees all over the world.  On top of all that, every month she posts to the blog a chapter from her first book, Gardening With Confidence—50 Ways to add style for personal creativity. Now is a great time to start following this blogger, as 2016 is a big year for her.  She's on the precipice of releasing a new book, Good Berry Bad Berry. Riding the bliss of this success, she’s dedicated herself to finish her Forever Garden, Helen's Haven, this year.  Tune in and share this adventure with her!  

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    Fresh Eggs Daily

    Fresh Eggs Daily is run by Lisa, a fifth-generation chicken keeper who knows all the dirt on poultry. Looking for a one-stop shop on raising poultry naturally? This is it. Lisa raises chickens and ducks in her own backyard in Maine, and passes along her wealth of knowledge on the subject to you. On the blog, you'll find guides to caring for chickens and ducks, as well as video guides on herbs to raise for them. Lisa believes in down-to-earth, natural methods for raising her animals, which goes hand-in-hand with gardening fresh herbs. Look to her 'Herbs + Gardening' section for video and written guides on the cultivation and uses of plants and herbs. In addition to all that, the blog is peppered with DIY projects you can use to increase the beauty and functionality of your space. In 2016, Lisa will be adjusting to her new home in Maine. She'll be keeping her followers in the loop as she learns about gardening in Zone 5, landscapes her new chicken run, and hatches new chicks and ducklings in the spring.  

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    This award-winning blog, run by eccentric gardening geek Carol in Indiana, reads like a story. Carol posts all year long about the current events in her Indiana garden. She includes pretty pictures and vivid language in each post, weaving the fantastical into the ordinary. On the 15th of every month, she participates in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, where she shares what's blooming in her garden, as well as links to the blooms in gardens around the global blogging community. If you are in zone 6 and looking for a blog that might mirror your own garden, this is the one for you. It's a great story to follow if you're looking to learn what can grow in your own backyard. In 2016, expect more of the same great work from May Dreams Gardens.  

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    Tilly's Nest

    Melissa at Tilly's Nest is a career nurse practitioner with a passion for the locavore movement. In her Cape Cod home, she grows a vegetable garden, raises chickens, and keeps bees.  She is also the author of A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens, and her work appears in many magazines. On top of all that, she brings us her wonderful blog, Tilly's Nest. Aspiring homesteaders and animal keepers, Melissa's work is a great jumping-off point. With headings for chickens, gardening, beekeeping, crafts, and recipes, this blog shares all sorts of insights that have been gained through experience.    

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    Garden Betty

    Garden Betty is the passion project of grassroots garden-starter Linda Ly. To get you started, Garden Betty has a guide for new fans linked in the top left corner of the blog.  There, you can read all about who she is and how she became her unique self. She blogs all about growing and making food, as well raising chickens. She believes anyone can be a gardener, and encourages you to have faith in yourself and get something started! Most remarkably, she created an amazing off-grid dream home in Baja Mexico. Reading her logs on the experience, you feel like you are right there with her, along for the journey. Ready to amp up your wanderlust? Start here. We're waiting with bated breath to see what surprises Garden Betty has in store for 2016.  

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    You Grow Girl

    Created way back in 2000, You Grow Girl has transformed into one of the best gardening blogs on the internet.  Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer from Canada, and it shows in her outstanding work.  She is also an author of some of the best-selling gardening books (which you can find in her about-us page).  Her main focus is gardening in a limited urban space on a budget.  If you see her backyard, you will instantly understand what that means!  You can tell that Gayla created this blog because she is passionate about gardening, and wants others to be as well!    

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    Small Town Gardener

    This award winning blog has proven itself as a favorite of gardeners far and wide. Small Town Gardener is a light-hearted but deeply passionate blog focusing on gentle gardening advice. The blogger, Marianne, encourages her readers, "Garden where you are, not where you're not." Are you having trouble getting your garden going? Maybe your piece of land is not so good.  If so, this is the blog for you to follow in 2016. Difficult, imperfect spaces can be conquered, and this blog's main focus this year is teaching you how.  Don't give up! Help has arrived.  

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    Red Dirt Ramblings

    Rooted in Oklahoma, Red Dirt Ramblings is the blog of prolific home gardener, writer, and public speaker Dee Nash. Ever doubted the beauty that can be found in an Oklahoma garden? This blog and its stunning photographs of Dee's gardens are here to prove you wrong. If you live in Oklahoma, you'll be thrilled by Dee's Oklahoma pride and inspired by her work. If you like what you see on her blog, check out her first book, The 20/30-Something Garden Guide. The book is a "Gardening 101 for anyone who wants to grow stuff." In 2016, Dee will be traveling around the country speaking about her gardens and her writing at various events, as well as preparing her gardens as a stop on a regional garden tour.  

    Growing Wisdom

    Growing Wisdom Gardening advice is plentiful in Dave Epstein's extensive blog, Growing Wisdom. Dave is a horticulturist based in New England, and his blog covers a wide variety of gardening topics. From lawns to trees to vegetable gardens, Growing Wisdom has it covered. Growing indoors or in containers? He's got you covered there, too. There is even a section for troubleshooting common problems, which can save home gardeners a lot of frustration. If you're looking for growing advice, look to Growing Wisdom.  

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    Gardening Gone Wild

    Gardening Gone Wild is the product of a trio of well-known expert garden writers. Debra Lee Baldwin is a photojournalist and succulent enthusiast.  She provides the blog with info on caring for succulents throughout the seasons. Garden photographer Saxon Holt posts stunning photos as well as his advice on capturing the perfect shot. (For more of his work, check out PhotoBotanic, where you can find his e-books.) If you have a picturesque garden, or simply love taking photos, check out Gardening Gone Wild's seasonal "Picture This" photo contest! Capping off the trio, Fran Sorin (gardener, author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, TV and radio personality, interfaith minister, and media and creativity expert) also writes for the blog, passing along her passions and wisdom. Fran's background as a garden designer led her to speaking on local and network TV shows as well as CBS talk radio, where she has been a news contributor for the past 14 years. Gardening Gone Wild is a can't miss connection with the shining stars of garden passion.

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  8. New Plant Species Discovered! Facebook Sundew 'Drosera Magnifica'

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    Of all the strange places, a new species of plant has been discovered on Facebook. It should come as no surprise; botanists are everywhere.   PhD student Paulo Gonella was browsing Facebook, as he often does, when he stumbled upon a photo of some wild-growing plants shared by a friend and fellow plant enthusiast. His trained eyes saw what others had been missing: one of the plants in the photo was an undiscovered species!    "The plants in the photo looked much larger and had very distinctive leaf and flower characteristics when compared to all the other [sundews] I know," Paulo told Discover Magazine. "I immediately showed this photo to Fernando Rivadavia, who also studies this group of plants, and he was astonished as well."   The new species, Drosera Magnifica, is a carnivorous plant in the sundew family, native to southeastern Brazil. It is the largest species of sundew native to the Americas and the third largest overall.  Right now, it is considered critically endangered. Thanks to Facebook, it may have been saved from the brink of extinction!

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  9. Giveaway For a Hass Avocado Tree

    Hass Avocado Tree Giveaway

    Enter for your chance to win a Hass Avocado Tree from NatureHills.com.  This tree can be grown in zones 4 - 11 indoors and zones 9 - 11 outdoors. Giveaway ends on January 18th, so don't wait to enter. Get bonus entries if your friends enter through your shared URL.  

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