MISSISSIPPI ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

FOLLOW YOUR NOSE

The scent of gardenia is unmistakable Story by Denise Pugh The fragrance travels on the wind and comes around the corner quite unexpectedly. The month of June is ushered in by the most intoxicating fragrance. The smell is subtle in the breeze, but as one walks closer to the shrub – a gardenia (G. jasminoides) of …

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FLOWERING DOGWOOD

Story by Denise Pugh Nothing says springtime quite like a dogwood tree in full bloom. Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is native to the eastern United States. Virginia and North Carolina claim its bloom as their states’ flower, and Missouri claims the dogwood as its state tree. This tree is often associated with Easter according to …

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YESTERYEAR GARDENER

A profile of Hernando gardener Parker Pickle Story and photo by Karen Ott Mayer For more than 40 years, Parker Pickle has been known to many Hernando residents as the DeSoto County tax assessor. Across town at his home, The Cedars, Pickle has cultivated an immense loyalty to his home and garden. “I could never …

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MAKING A BETTER GARDEN

A gardener profile of John Monroe Story and Photos by Nellie Neal If you’re lucky enough to be invited, try not to gawk as you enter John Monroe’s backyard. It’s almost certain you’ve never seen a marvel quite like his innovative vegetable garden. This man grows food with great zest, tons of fresh produce that …

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MISSISSIPPI AMORE

A passionate affair of exciting and unusual plants Story and Photos by Richelle Stafne I love visiting other people’s gardens to see what they are growing. It’s especially fun when I find new and interesting plants, or plants that I had forgotten. Even in my own garden it brings joy to hear someone say, “Ooh, …

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Photo by Denise Pugh.

HEARTS-A-BUSTIN’

Story by Denise Pugh February is the month of valentines and hearts, and a great month to add the native shrub hearts-a-bustin’ to your landscape. Hearts-a-bustin’ (Euonymus americanus) is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub native to the Southeast. This shrub is found growing naturally in light shade as a woodland understory plant. However, I have found …

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BORDER

Non-traditional ways to use annuals in the landscape Story by Jennifer Williams Driving through most neighborhoods across the country, you can see that we have all been told the same thing about annuals – Keep it simple: Plant your annuals near the front of your flowerbeds, pick one or two options and colors, plant en …

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HARVEST TIME!

Eating fresh from the garden Story by Rick Snyder, Ph.D. Now that spring is in full swing and summer is knocking on the door, we are ready to harvest some fresh vegetables from our gardens. If you have a perennial planting of asparagus, you would have started picking in March and April. But for everybody …

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GARDEN ANOMALIES

The weird science of horticulture Story by Rick Snyder, Ph.D. Every science has its anomalies, its weirdness. It is not at all difficult to find example of some of these in horticulture. Today we’ll talk about some of the more recent standouts you may have seen in the news. Mini-Tomatoes Most of us grow beefsteak …

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