Author Archive | Patricia Riedman Yeager

composted materials

Take the composting plunge

You know that compost is the gold standard for soil, but are you afraid to make it? Put aside your squeamish phobias. Anyone can make compost, even if the closest you’ve gotten to it is in sealed bags at a garden center. If you live in the country, a pile in the ground will suffice, […]

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Science Meets Fun at Dallas Garden

When the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum officially opens Sept. 21, visitors might do a double take. Composed of 150 exhibits on 8 acres, the Adventure Garden’s fun atmosphere feels more like a theme park crossed with a hands-on science museum. Its founders toured children’s museums and gardens nationwide to come […]

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Cottage Garden

Tame Your Cottage Garden

A mass of purple clematis cover a lamppost, swaths of daisies wave in the wind and roses drape over a picket fence. It’s summer, and after months of neglect, cottage gardens are finally getting the attention they deserve. Whether it’s on a lake, pond or other rural setting, cottage gardens vary widely, but all seem […]

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Keep invasive plants out of your garden

Too much of a good thing?  You’ve heard of the poster plants of invasive vegetation: buckthorn, garlic mustard, purple loosestrife, Japanese Asters, and most notable villain-kudzu, to name just a few. But what about those plants you bring home from the nursery that start taking over your garden. If you purchased a plant, could it […]

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Memorial Gardens Help Soothe Loss

When tragedy strikes—anything from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to the 9/11 terrorist attacks–or a loved one dies, grief-stricken people seek ways to honor those who’ve passed away. What better to do that than through a living tribute such as a tree planting or memorial garden? Memorial gardens can be as simple as a […]

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