Maryland Grows

Category: Master Gardener


Variety is the spice of life: creating a new garden with native plants

Nothing like starting out a blog with a cliché, right? But this perfectly sums up one reason to change from a monotypic lawn to a mix of native plants. Instead of looking out at a sea of sameness, the diversity…

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Norfolk pine is a charming Christmas tree

Uh oh. You need a last-minute gift or a tiny tree to brighten a corner of your holiday home. Here comes a Norfolk pine to the rescue. Whew. That was close. Looking like miniature Christmas trees, Norfolk pines pop up at garden centers and…

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Tips for using garden evergreens for holiday décor

Using evergreen cuttings to decorate the home offers an easy way to incorporate different textures, shapes, and aromas. Evergreens add a touch of simplicity, elegance, and nostalgia to holiday décor. They can be used easily on doors and entryways, as…

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Fighting CO2 on a Balcony

It’s well known that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the leading causes of climate change and that plants play a role in mitigating its impact by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. But did you know that…

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Mix It Up! Perennial Vegetables

Asparagus growing

Most of us plan our gardens each year with abundant annual vegetables to harvest and enjoy. There are, however, several perennial vegetables you may want to consider adding to the mix, some familiar and others, perhaps, less so. Perennial vegetables…

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Tomato time! What’s your favorite variety?

I think it is safe to say that it is officially tomato season in Maryland! For people that do not grow their own tomatoes, many visit local farmers markets, roadside stands, or grocery stores to purchase these delicious treats. How are you getting…

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Welcome to The Learning Garden, Maryland State Fairgrounds

The first thing I noticed about the garden was its verticality. Going vertical is a way to gain space in the garden, and it’s a favorite trick of mine in my own garden. The garden I was admiring, though, wasn’t…

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