VIRGINIA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

LAURA VIANCOUR

Preserving history Story by Kristi Hendricks Photos courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg “When looking at the garden, I see friends. There are few professions or hobbies quite like that. When a friend shares seeds or plants, you often think of that person while watching the plant grow in your own garden.” This is how Laura Viancour, …

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SCENIC SURRY

Savor Surry County’s horticulture and history Story by Kristi Hendricks Winter was left in the rear view mirror … cold, drab and unfriendly. We were ready for sunshine, pollen, and a bit of the casual country life. We, my husband and I, finished our business in the capital earlier than expected that Friday and were …

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CURBSIDE APPEAL

Options for adding interest and a welcoming entrance Story and Photos by J.D. Willoughby Bursts of color, unique statuary, and even trailing vines can liven up the most boring curb. We often focus on the garden beds around the house and maybe the sidewalk to the front door, but rarely create a welcoming feel close …

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THE QUARRY GARDENS AT SCHUYLER

A special resource for native plant lovers Story by Cynthia Wood Nestled into the rolling hills of Nelson County, not far from Charlottesville, is Virginia’s newest botanical garden, the Quarry Gardens at Schuyler. Founded by Armand and Bernice Thieblot, the garden is an important resource for people interested in learning about native plants. Visit in …

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JEWELS OF SUMMER

Growing your own cherry tomatoes Story by Brenda Lynn Tomatoes are the crowning jewels of the summer garden. If ever there were a case for homegrown veggies, tomatoes would close the deal. Store-bought just can’t compare to vine-ripened fruit bursting with sweet flavor. It seems there are as many tomato varieties on the market as …

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THE WARMTH OF THE SUN

Dispatches from the Hollow Story by Cathy Clary In spite of weather and climate irregularities – melting ice caps, drought, hotter temperatures, and longer summers (will the gardener’s woes never cease?) – our average last date of frost (LDOF) here in central Virginia remains May 15. In low pockets, like the hollow, as well as …

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SQUASH THE SUMMER HEAT

Growing summer squash in your Virginia veggie garden Story by Diane Beyer There are many varieties of summer squash, all with similar growth requirements and harvest times. Zucchini is probably the most well known summer squash, and the one that causes you to dive behind the couch when you see well-meaning neighbors at the door …

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BANANA PEPPER BASICS

Growing your own peppers at home Story by Jennifer Williams My earliest memory of a banana pepper goes back to eating out at the local sub restaurant with my dad. He always would get these yellow circles on his subs. When I asked him what they were and he told me they were banana peppers …

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VOODOO QUEEN

A profile of the ‘Voodoo Queen’ hibiscus Story and Photos by Alan Pulley Who doesn’t love hibiscus flowers? They come in so many sizes and colors and grow in most tropical areas of the world. I have grown a variety of tropical hibiscus in my time; however, last year I came across one that I …

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