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The Charles Henry Chapman Memorial Community Garden

Geoffrey Johnson was chosen as a recipient of Gardening Know How’s community garden sponsorship. His energy, foresight, and generosity are a perfect example of how successful community gardens are born. Alpha Phi Alpha Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established in 1906 for African American Men at Cornell University in Ithaca, New …

Gardening Know How Virtual Flower Show

Join us over the next 10 days as we show off all the flowers grown by you, the Gardening Know How community. We’re inviting our favorite gardeners from around the world to submit their flower photos to be part of the #GKHFlowerShow! We’re even giving you two ways to show off your flowers. Either upload your photo …

The Resilience of Nature and Beauty of Plane Trees

I learned quite a bit later that, in English, they were called plane trees. In America they would probably be known as sycamores. But I first knew them as “platanes.” In the little French town where I lived, there was an entire road lined on both sides by them, and it was called the Route des Platanes. …

My Tree Journey: Flowering Dogwood

My late mom loved trees and respected their role on the earth.  She had a small library of tree books, and kept a tree identifier with her when she traveled.  I’m living in her old house now, and I can see just how much this love of trees was woven into her life. The property where the …

My Friend The Walnut Tree

Trees are spectacular organisms. I have always liked them, but I have come to appreciate trees more as I get older and understand more about them. My current favorite tree is not that grand. It’s not rare or especially spectacular, but I spend every day with it.  Black Walnuts in Michigan There are several species of walnut …

My Best Friend Tree

Everybody needs a safe place when they are going through hard times, and sometimes safe places don’t look like you think. I was born and spent my childhood in central Alaska, and much of those 12 years could be considered hard times.  And my safe place? Up in a quaking aspen tree, one of the many trees …

The Weeping Willow

My parents built a new house a couple of years before I was born. The old farmhouse was showing its years. Like most houses built in Eastern Oregon during the latter half of the nineteenth century, it was wisely located in a sheltered canyon with easy access to water.  The new, ranch-style house was up the road …

Trees, Please!

Maybe it’s because I grew up in central Alaska where permafrost kept the trees dwarfed. Or maybe it’s because my next stop was California’s redwood empire. For whatever reason, though I grow a mean veggie garden and a wide and wild mix of flowers, trees are my first love. That’s also made them my garden specialty. The …

30 Raised Garden Bed Ideas

Both beginning and experienced gardeners love raised garden beds. Here are 30 cool ideas for raised garden beds, from the practical to the extraordinary. More gardening ideas: tips for gardening with kids, front yard landscaping ideas, and creative flower bed ideas. 30 Raised Garden Bed Ideas Both beginning and experienced gardeners love raised garden beds, […] The …

Large Outdoor DIY Monogram Letter Planter Box

Watch how to build an outdoor DIY monogram letter using easy to follow woodworking plans. This large wood monogram planter box holds flowers, succulents, or herbs for a big impact on your porch or at an outdoor wedding.  You’ll also love our other outdoor woodworking plans like our raised garden bed table and garden arbor […] The …