Placing the right plant in the right place is crucial for gardening success, especially in the challenging climate we have here. Most of us are familiar with plant hardiness zones but have you heard of heat zones?
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Nothing brings whimsy and fun into the garden quite like butterflies. Butterfly gardens make attractive landscape features as well as provide habitat for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Food, shelter, and water sources should be ... READ MORE
100 years ago, in 1923, the incredibly forward-thinking members of the Avondale Garden Circle began planting native species in a park that the City of Jacksonville set aside in the 1921 plat of the Avondale neighborhood. Their goal was to ... READ MORE
You might be surprised to learn that some of the most popular plants purchased in the past 5 years, never made it outdoors.
That’s right. Houseplants continue to trend in gardening categories worldwide. You may only associate houseplants ... READ MORE
There is no better month for pink flowers than June and no better flower than crinums for a vigorous, rich explosion of bright, blowsy, fuscia PINK! Many of our Duval County Master Gardeners are grew up around long stretches of crinums in ... READ MORE
National Arbor Day, a day for celebrating the contributions of trees, is next Friday, April 28th. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. J. Sterling Morton, who was the secretary of the Nebraska Territory at the time, ... READ MORE
After several mild winters, NorthEast Florida has experienced several recent cold spells where we have turned up the thermostats in our homes. Homes typically have low humidity levels anyway but during the winter, heat pumps and other ... READ MORE
With three days of hard freeze already this winter and another weekend of freezing temps ahead, our gardens need us to brush up on frost protection.
When does frost occur?
Frost, which is a layer of ice crystals, is formed when water ... READ MORE
Early in my career as a forester I advised a homeowner to use a certain pesticide to treat an insect problem he was having. He called me back a week later to tell me that after he followed my advice, his plant was killed. How could that ... READ MORE
Historically, nothing said spring had arrived any better than a flowering dogwood tree. It remains a favored tree in southern landscapes. Sometimes you may see an occasional dogwood in bloom in the local pine forests. However, it is very ... READ MORE