How-To

How to Photograph Plants in Winter

December 23, 2013
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Capturing a garden’s vitality through a camera’s lens can pose a challenge — trying to do so in winter is even harder. Photographer Karen Bell has led seasonal photography workshops at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden since 2005. Here, she offers a few tips for creating compelling outdoor images. 

How to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter

December 18, 2013
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It's that time of year again; time for your garden to lie under the covers with its eyes shut tight. While the rain pours down and cold weather wraps stealthily around the rows, your garden must sleep through the bombardment of December and January. 

I want to build a living wall inside my house. How do I do this properly

from admin 1 year 12 weeks ago

After seeing your issue on rooftop gardens, I have decided to build planters and add an outdoor shower for our upstairs deck.

from admin 1 year 13 weeks ago

After seeing your issue on rooftop gardens, I have decided to build planters and add an ourdoor shower for our upstairs deck.

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When to Prune

January 15, 2013
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Flowering shrubs and small trees are a staple of most garden designs, as they provide height, structure, screening, and year-round interest. However, integrating these woody plants with perennials and annuals can be challenging because, over time, they will overtake their herbaceous neighbors. At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where I am executive director, one technique we use involves managing smaller woody plants much as we do perennials: cutting them back severely every one to five years (the frequency depends on the variety).

I have outdoor wicker furniture which is starting to flake a bit. Do you have suggestions for a product I can use to treat the furniture?

from admin 1 year 15 weeks ago

Diana Scherer photography, Vases of Roots is beautiful. How to grow so beautifully?

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How to Create a Container Planting

October 31, 2012
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Don't think of containers as mini-gardens for the simple-minded. They're as complicated as they are chic — and worth every minute of your effort. Once you've sorted through the complexities of drainage, soil mixes and fertilizers, containers become tools for design. On the pages that follow, we'll share some of our favorite ways to bring fresh style to your garden with plants we love, matchmaking principles for pots and plants, color themes that work, tips on using planters as design features, and cheater's guides to getting the most out of your pots.

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