Archive | June 2015

Plant Goldenrod in Your Garden – Don’t Blame it for Your Allergies!

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Tall, showy goldenrod

I was talking with a friend (with a degree in Horticulture) recently and he suggested that I add some goldenrod (Solidago sp.) to my gardens for height and that beautiful yellow color. My immediate reaction was “Won’t that make me sneeze even more each Spring?!”  As it turns out, I’m not the only one to confuse my sneezing each spring with the blooming of this lovely plant. The real culprit (ragweed) bears some resemblance to goldenrod, but is easily identifiable with just a little research.

Purplish stems of the ragwood plant.

Purplish stems of the ragweed plant.

Alicia R. Lamborn, Environmental Horticulture Agent for the Baker County Extension of the University of Florida, has written a paper addressing the difference between these summer blooming plants.  To access that article, click here; then plant some beautiful goldenrod in your garden and ignore the box of tissues!

Posted by Vicki

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OCMGA 7th Annual Garden Walk – Garden #5

Each summer, the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association hosts a community garden walk to help raise money to further develop the Community gardens of Goodwill Grows, and to add food to the local food pantries. This year’s Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, June 20 when the public is invited to tour five select gardens in the Fox Cities. For more information about the times, cost, and addresses, please visit our Facebook page.

Each of the gardens represents a unique look at gardening style and design, and each of the five will be the subject of posts. The last of our gardens is described here today: the Sandi Anderson garden:

“This selection is a delight for all interests! This collection of gardens set in an expansive lawn offers something for everyone. It is a personal work of love for Sandi’s children and grandchildren, and includes perennials handed down from her parents. A gnome garden for curious children, shade gardens, vegetable garden, rose garden and more all bordered by wooded areas with trillium poking their bright faces up in early spring. Sandi dots her gardens with wonderful structures like the Eiffel towers (yes, plural). A large wooden gate that was rebuilt after tornadoes struck the area 2 years ago. Take extra time to stroll around the grounds and discover a wide variety of perennials. You might also find a worm farm inside 2 old tires if you’re very observant! A thrifty and creative gardener, Sandi makes use of all her property has to offer.”

Written by De Dalum

Posted by Vicki

OCMGA 7th Annual Garden Walk – Garden #4

Each summer, the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association hosts a community garden walk to help raise money to further develop the Community gardens of Goodwill Grows, and to add food to the local food pantries. This year’s Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, June 20 when the public is invited to tour five select gardens in the Fox Cities. For more information about the times, cost, and addresses, please visit our Facebook page.

Each of the gardens represents a unique look at gardening style and design, and each of the five will be the subject of posts. Today, the Anne Rausch garden:

“The Japanese maple greets visitors at the front door. Then your awareness is transformed by the abundant greenery and variety of colors, textures and shapes in this rejuvenated yard. It was a simple city lot with lawn and 2 trees when Anne purchased the property. Now, you will see the spellbinding transformation from boring to amazing. This suburban landscape has been ornamented with trees and shrubs to provide all season color and to attract birds. Look for the ornamental pear, the weeping cherry, weeping flowering crab apple, riverfront birch, tiger eyes sumac, Kentucky coffee bean tree, and more. Natural fencing along property lines adds to the beauty of this yard. She also has time and space for an herb garden, a full sun vegetable garden, and a unique water collection system. The term “water barrel” hardly does it justice.”

Written by De Dalum

Posted by Vicki

OCMGA 7th Annual Garden Walk – Garden #3

Each summer, the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association hosts a community garden walk to help raise money to further develop the Community gardens of Goodwill Grows, and to add food to the local food pantries. This year’s Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, June 20 when the public is invited to tour five select gardens in the Fox Cities. For more information about the times, cost, and addresses, please visit our Facebook page.

Each of the gardens represents a unique look at gardening style and design, and each of the five will be the subject of posts. Today, Columbus Elementary School Learning Garden:

“This is your opportunity to see how the values of gardening and growing are being bestowed upon our most precious resource: our children! Columbus Elementary School has a wonderful learning garden headed by Master Gardener Shirley Martin. She animates garden stories for first- through fourth-graders and delights them with the knowledge of where our food comes from. Look for the Peter Rabbit garden, the Three Sisters garden, as well as herbs, cold frames, and compost bins. This effort does everything to explain why we love to garden. This is a garden gem that serves a core Appleton neighborhood.”

Written by De Dalum / Posted by Vicki

OCMGA 7th Annual Garden Walk – Garden #2

Each summer, the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association hosts a community garden walk to help raise money to further develop the Community gardens of Goodwill Grows, and to add food to the local food pantries. This year’s Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, June 20 when the public is invited to tour five select gardens in the Fox Cities. For more information about the times, cost, and addresses, please visit our Facebook page.

Each of the gardens represents a unique look at gardening style and design, and each of the five will be the subject of posts. Today, Gardens at Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship:

“This five acre property is amazing to see in the middle of a busy retail corridor! The front entrance welcomes everyone with a tranquil water feature. The majority of garden space on the south and west sides of the building is alive with the sound of songbirds. Winding mowed paths and benches offer an opportunity for peaceful reflection. Begun in 1998, this garden oasis is protected by gently sloping berms covered with a variety of native trees and shrubs. You can see a native sumac stand, a demonstration garden, a retention pond and a pollinator garden. Many years of soil restoration helped create a garden with nearly 100 native species of flowers, grasses, bushes and trees. Look for joe pyeweed, turtlehead, cardinal flower, verbena and more. To sustain this landscape, French drains (named after Henry Flagg French in the 1800’s) were installed to prevent a soggy lawn, a wet foundation, and erosion of the berms. Don’t miss this impressive horticultural adventure in an urban setting.”

Written by De Dalum

Posted by Vicki

OCMGA 7th Annual Garden Walk

Each summer, the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association hosts a community garden walk to help raise money to further develop the Community gardens of Goodwill Grows, and to add food to the local food pantries. This year’s Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, June 20 when the public is invited to tour five select gardens in the Fox Cities. For more information about the times, cost, and addresses, please visit our Facebook page.

Each of the gardens represents a unique look at gardening style and design, and each of the five will be the subject of posts. Today, the Anne and Dick VanHandel garden:

“5 Floral Drive, named for the old Geenan Nursery, is an inviting space which honors the legacy of William Geenan, the Kimberly Florist. You will stroll through ample gardens filled with an eclectic mix of perennials, shrubs and trees. This lot is surrounded by history, with mighty oaks keeping the secrets of times gone by. When the VanHandels purchased the property it was overgrown with trees and weeds. They have rehabilitated the property with love, sweat, and maybe a few tears. An uncommon specimen, Seven-son tree or Heptcodium miconiodes, stands as a proud centerpiece in one garden. Vegetables mix with perennials in other gardens. A growing environment designed with both beauty and practical elements tell you this yard is lived in and loved.”

Written by De Dalum

Posted by Vicki