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Garden Week in Georgia: Sharing a Little Peace of Our Gardens by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe with a Little Help from My Friends

Garden Week in Georgia: Sharing a Little Peace of Our Gardens by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe with a Little Help from My Friends

One of the things I love about being part of a community of gardeners is getting to share plants with each other. Whether you are the giver or the receiver, when you share plants, you are sharing a teeny tiny part of the happiness and peace that gardening brings. To close out Garden Week in Georgia, here’s a peek at RGC members sharing pieces of plants and the peace of their gardens.

Dotty E – Due to a new fence and other challenges in my back yard, I had to completely redo areas of it. Florence Anne graciously…

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Garden Week in Georgia: Volunteer @ or Check-out Johns Creek Beautification’s Secret Gardens Tour by Guest Blogger Jennifer Schau

Garden Week in Georgia: Volunteer @ or Check-out Johns Creek Beautification’s Secret Gardens Tour by Guest Blogger Jennifer Schau

If you are interested in a great gardening-related volunteer opportunity or a fantastic tour, check out Johns Creek Beautification’s Secret Gardens Tour on May 1, 2021.

Secret Gardens is a drive-yourself and walking tour of seven homes and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Each stop has its own special, charming features. The tour features a beautiful hillside oasis and beehive fireplace; a woodland garden with a hand-made stone bridge; an iris garden; a creek-side garden…

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Garden Week in Georgia: It’s Earth Day 2021–How Are You Going to Help Restore Our Earth? by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: It’s Earth Day 2021–How Are You Going to Help Restore Our Earth? by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

This year EarthDay.org is collaborating with people around the world for three days of climate action. April 20 is the Global Youth Summit led by Earth Uprising & the We Shall Breathe Hip Hop Caucus; April 21 is Teach for the Planet led by Education International; and April 22 Earth Day Live starts streaming at 12:30. All of these events can be streamed on earthday.org. Earth Day also marks the start of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on the Climate.

While I was checking out what was going on for Earth Day, I came across earthday.org’s 51 Ways to Restore our Earth. As I was reading the tips…

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Garden Week in Georgia: Floral Design with an Emphasis on Color by RGC Blogger Gretchen Collins

Garden Week in Georgia: Floral Design with an Emphasis on Color by RGC Blogger Gretchen Collins

Yellow and gray are the Pantone colors for 2021. The following floral designs make beautiful use of these colors.

The featured image, from Art Floral Francais, 96 Rue Raymond Poincare, Bordeaux, France, has beautiful rhythm. This would possibly be the first quality commented on were it to be judged. The vine appears to be a bundle of fine reeds that are tied and shaped, probably with some wire within. Calla Lily stems can be easily shaped when wet. The Aspidistra leaves are also flexible and have been manipulated…

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Garden Week in Georgia: Hard-Pruning Rosemary or Down the Rabbit Hole by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: Hard-Pruning Rosemary or Down the Rabbit Hole by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

This winter, my neighbor cut down a 50-year old maple tree on the east side of my back yard, instantly changing the light in my yard. My rosemary, which had crept toward the house in search of light, could now grow straight up. It needed hard pruning so that it could flourish in the new sunlight.

Of course, I hard to research how to prune rosemary before daring to attempt such a drastic pruning. My research told me to hard-prune rosemary in the winter before the rosemary started growing again. Sources also cautioned…

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Garden Week in Georgia: RGC’s Community Series GreenLife Kicks Off at Roswell’s Adult Recreation Center by RGC Bloggers Lisa Ethridge & Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: RGC’s Community Series GreenLife Kicks Off at Roswell’s Adult Recreation Center by RGC Bloggers Lisa Ethridge & Suzy Crowe

Roswell Garden Club is pleased to invite you to our inaugural community plant talk in the raised beds garden at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center. We hope you can celebrate Garden Week in Georgia with us by coming to our talk–Planting Annuals in Pots or Beds–on Friday, April 23, at 11.

Planting Annuals in Pots or Beds is the first in a series of community talks based on the plants in the raised beds at the ARC. The raised beds are planted for easy…

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Garden Week in Georgia: Appearing in Georgia Gardens on April 18–Pink Lady’s-slipper as Seen and Painted by Botanical Artist and RGC Guest Blogger Linda Fraser

Garden Week in Georgia: Appearing in Georgia Gardens on April 18–Pink Lady’s-slipper as Seen and Painted by Botanical Artist and RGC Guest Blogger Linda Fraser

RGC had the privilege of hearing botanical artist Linda Fraser at a recent meeting. Linda is a renowned botanical artist specializing in native plants of the southeastern United States. Linda has created over 100 watercolor and colored pencil paintings, grouping those found blooming side by side in their specific environment…

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Garden Week in Georgia: Explore Gardens Around the World by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: Explore Gardens Around the World by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

We are topping off Garden Week in Georgia with virtual garden tours here and around the world. Join us as we appreciate this amazing planet and the work of gardeners everywhere.

  • Get lost in beauty at the Gardens Illustrated website, starting at the Inspiring Gardens tab. You can spend hours looking at and reading about rural, urban, and international gardens. More hours are needed to read about the gardeners and to explore garden design.
    • Read about the RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show May 19 – 23.
      • You can sign up for Gardens Illustrated’s RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show emails and receive a free digital copy Pots of Style Special Edition—I signed up because I’m going to take part in the Virtual Chelsea Flower Show.
      • I downloaded Pots of Style, took a peek, and couldn’t stop skimming it to finish this post. The people at Gardens Illustrated aren’t exaggerating when they say it is gorgeous.
    • Jump off the Garden’s Illustrated site to explore the Gardens of the Globe—this clickable map …
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Garden Week in Georgia: Inspired by Earth Day? Now’s the Time to Start a Compost Bin by RGC Bloggers Lisa Ethridge & Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: Inspired by Earth Day? Now’s the Time to Start a Compost Bin by RGC Bloggers Lisa Ethridge & Suzy Crowe

Many of us’ve thought about composting waste, but never made the time for it. While we’re staying at home, it’s the perfect time to start a compost bin and develop the habit of composting. This DIY project can improve air quality, enrich the soil, and alleviate landfill woes. Kitchen and backyard composting is not only FREE and incredibly beneficial, it requires little effort—a definite win, win, win for gardeners.

According to the UGA Extension, “Composting is the natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material into a soil amendment known as compost.” Compost is a magical soil enhancer. It helps retain moisture, eliminates the need to use commercial fertilizer, and encourages vigorous plant growth. A good garden can be made great by improving the soil with home-made humus.

Statistics show that compostable waste, which creates greenhouse gases as it decomposes, makes up almost 25% of the world’s garbage. The simple act of composting reduces the amount of garbage in landfills and

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