ALABAMA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Alabama-specific articles. Enjoy!

AFFECTION FOR NATURE

This landscape is a garden of trees … and so much more Story by Katie Jackson When Jim Henderson was a child wandering in the woods around his family’s rural Georgia home, he developed a deep affection for nature, especially trees, so it’s no surprise that in 1972 when he and his wife Bonnie looked …

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BORDERS FOR BUTTERFLIES

Story by Peggy Hill I live in rural Alabama, the boonies. When you leave my house, you are on a gravel road for a half a mile. There are no houses or fields on this stretch of road. It’s old, undeveloped timberland, still checkerboarded with pine trees. I walk my dogs down that road almost …

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DR. ARLIE POWELL

A love of all things fruit Story by Kate Musso Mention Dr. Arlie Powell’s name to a dedicated Alabama gardener and you’re likely to get a smile and an anecdote. The smiles comes from the enthusiastic and effusive manner Dr. Powell brings to every encounter. The anecdote likely relates to a fruit the gardener had …

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PINEAPPLES FOR POLLINATORS

‘Golden Delicious’ pineapple sage Story and Photos by Peggy Hill You may have grown pineapple sage before, but have you tried the cultivar ‘Golden Delicious’? It is spectacular! It has everything you love about pineapple sage: It’s a hummingbird and butterfly magnet, it’s deer resistant, and it’s heat tolerant. When crushed, pineapple sage’s foliage smells …

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KEEP OUT!

Top tips for keeping critters out of your vegetable garden Story by Rachel Williams Gardening is harder than it looks … just when we think we know what we’re doing, our beds are attacked by outside forces. How to prevent ultimate defeat? Rather, how to be at war with nature, when you’re trying to be …

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PUT A CHERRY ON TOP

The appeal of miniature tomatoes in Alabama Story and Photos by Katharine Musso The term “cherry tomato” commonly refers to a group of plants bearing fruit from as large as 1½ inches to as small as ¼ inch. Technically, a true cherry tomato is the perfectly round and red fruit of the plant Solanum lycopersicum …

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Photo courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center.

GOLDEN ALEXANDERS

Story by Peggy Hill Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) was chosen as the featured native plant for the 2018 Birmingham Botanical Gardens spring plant sale, and Gail Snyder, Native Plant Group chairperson, explains why: “Zizia aurea is one of our lesser-known native plants, and therefore it is sadly underutilized. We hope that featuring Zizia will encourage …

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SOFT CARESS

A profile of ‘Soft Caress’ mahonia Story and Photos by Peggy Hill Many people make the mistake of designing their gardens around flowers. They concentrate on creating pleasing blends of colors and flower shapes. While blooms are important, your focus should be on exciting foliage combinations; the flowers that come and go are merely the …

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PARADISE FOUND

A continuing garden profile Story and Photography by Peggy Hill Long-time readers of Alabama Gardener magazine might recall an article in the September 2011 issue about Barry and Connie Methvin’s quirky, imaginative garden titled Paradise Found. The article focused on how they created an amazing garden by decorating with art fashioned from found objects. It’s …

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