TENNESSEE ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

SOME LIKE IT HOT

Growing spicy peppers in your Tenenssee garden Story and Photos by Cindy Shapton cindyshapton.com Whether you love food with a little kick or so hot it brings tears to your eyes, having fresh peppers (Capsicum spp.) in the garden or in containers right outside your door is downright handy when you have a hankering for …

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SCREAMIN YELLOW FALSE INDIGO

Story by Hubert P. Conlon Yellow false indigo is native to the lower Midwest and Gulf states. ‘Screamin’ Yellow’ is an outstanding cultivar that was originally found in Arkansas. It grows more compact and blooms heavier than the species.  This vigorous clump grower blooms on sturdy, upright stems. In early May, 12-inch spikes of bright …

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Photo By Dr. David Sanford.

OYAMA MAGNOLIA

Story by Hugh Conlon Oyama magnolia, indigenous to eastern Asia, is a deciduous 10-15 feet tall tree or shrub ideally suited for a small garden. Nodding, goblet-shaped, fragrant flowers bloom two to three weeks after the leaves emerge in April, thereby escaping injury from spring frosts. In mid to late May, egg-shaped flower buds unfold …

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DROP A CHERRY ON TOP

Grow your own cherry tomatoes – the ‘little but mighty’ member of the summer veggie garden Story and Photos by Natalie Bumgarner Over the past few decades, the smaller members of the tomato tribe (most are Solanum lycopersicum) have become a part of nearly every garden and salad (and garden salad). However, this comes after a …

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CURB APPEAL

Planning and installing a beautiful front yard landscape Story by Margeaux Emery Photos by Sue Hamilton Curb appeal is the first impression of your home and provides a great opportunity for creativity. As a realtor would say, this valuable real estate is all about location, location, location.  Foundation plantings are all too often the emphasis …

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A SELF PORTRAIT

A long-time Tennessee Gardener writer profiles his own garden Story and Photos by Huber P. Conlon The Conlon Garden in Johnson City was established 32 years ago. Our family (Hugh, Jane, and our three children) had moved from western Iowa to our new home on a ¼-acre residential lot. I (Hugh) was hired by UT …

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SAM ROGERS

Visionary of a Native American interpretive garden Story by Margeaux Emery Sustainability weaves like a thread through the career of landscape architect Sam Rogers, FASLA. In Chattanooga, Rogers planned parks and greenways and coordinated environmental inventories and assessments. As a professor at the University of Tennessee for 29 years, he taught students how to design …

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SPRING AWAKENING

Early-spring tasks in the garden are the best Story and Photo by Troy B. Marden troybmarden.com March is one of my favorite months in the garden. Crocus, winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), and the earliest daffodils (Narcissus spp.) brighten the chilly days and Lenten roses (Helleborus spp.) push forth their flowers, coaxed from cold soil by …

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SQUASH IT!

Bring on the summer squash! Story and Photos by Cindy Shapton cindyshapton.com Oh the bounty of summer squash, a true sun-loving vegetable that has most gardeners crying uncle under bushels of produce. When we were growing up, my mom would instruct us to lock the car doors whenever we went to town for fear of …

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