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Garden Events and Shows

This is where I report on what garden events are taking place in my neck of the woods. You will find loads of photos from these events in this category.

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Dahlia Hill in Midland, Michigan

This summer during the MNLA designer landscape tour we visited by Dahlia Hill in Midland. This was quite the experience not only because I love growing dahlias but because art sculptures on the property were amazing too! About Dahlia Hill 1966 Crisann Breed gave her mother yellow and red dahlia tubers for Mother’s Day. Her […]
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Project Orange Thumb : Applications Now Being Accepted

This is the year to get involved and start growing a community gardens in your area.  With Project Orange Thumb your dream of growing fresh food while beautifying your community can become a reality. Fiskars is tripling the number of grant recipients to award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools.  The deadline to submit […]
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Why You Should Attend a Seed Swap

Why attend a local seed swap? Meet some amazing people who enjoy growing and collect seeds that you won’t find any where else. I’m excited to share with you these awesome seed swap events on this post today. Come collect some seeds!
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Spreading Color at Wood County Fair

It just goes to show that blooms can make ANYTHING look beautiful – even a Poop Machine! I love the varieties Bostdorff Greenhouse added to this display because…
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Indoor growing with Aeroponic Tower Garden

I love seeing the kids excited to garden. It would be awesome if every school could have an indoor gardening space like this one. What about in nursing homes and hospitals : just imagine the healing powers of living with greens growing so close at hand.
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Garden Blogger Conference at 1/2 OFF!

I am participating in an exciting new event, the Garden Bloggers Conference taking place at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, GA from February 25-27 2015 … discount here!
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Garden Successes and Failures of 2014 : #11 Garden Chatter

On December 30, 2014 Adam Cortell and I celebrated our 11th Garden Chatter presentation with some amazing garden writers. Giggles, tips on gardening and inspiring ideas on this presentation where failures in the garden are only growing experiences. Garden Chatter #11 Having trouble viewing this presentation? Click over to the Garden Chatter Playlist on Youtube […]
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Garden Cocktail Party on Garden Chatter

Just before Christmas a group of garden enthusiasts got together and shared on a Google Hangout about cocktails and appetizers we love to  whip up for the holidays. I couldn’t stop giggling … it was so much fun seeing some of my favorite gardeners from around the country sharing their garden recipes and more. Garden […]
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Why Do We Garden? #7

Every Tuesday I have something I like to refer to has the #gardenchat Hang-over. This happens after spending 1+ hours sharing with fellow gardeners on social media collecting tips and growing advice being shared by those who garden. When the event is over I just can’t wait to get out in the garden and start […]
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It’s Autumn at Bench’s Greenhouse

It’s almost Autumn and I’m totally in the mood to decorate the garden as we head into the fall season. One of my favorite things to do is to head out for a drive and check out the sights and sounds in my area as the season changes. Trunk full…. Time to head home and […]
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Humans Make the Best Vases by Mud #FlowersOnYourHead

All summer I’ve been enjoying the shares from the West Coast via  Cocoxochitl AKA Mud Baron  on Social Media.  The beautiful California grown veggies and blooms captured by Mud always inspires me and brings giggles no mater what mood I maybe in.  Don’t you love it when people do good things to help their community?  I […]
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DID YOU know 1/3 of the food on your plate you can thank the bees! #foodfarmchat

Eat, Tweet and Grow Food: My Takeaway from #MeetVeggies

Social media has made me a better gardener and I can’t imagine growing without it.  To be able to talk to people around the world who are growing in different ways inspires me.  We can all learn from one another about how to grow success using the web.  If it weren’t for being so active […]
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Container Envy at Chippewassee Park

Road trip on Tuesday brought me to beautiful Midland Michigan to be a part of the Michigan Landscape Design Tour held by MNLA. After checking in to my hotel room located on the Northwood University Campus I headed in town to check out the sites. Thanks to the floral landscape in front of the Farmers […]
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A Few of My Favorite Facts About Peppers

Orange,red,purple and most definitely green peppers are at the top of my list of favorites to grow and prepare during the summer months. Preparing the pepper by slicing, dicing, or keeping it whole are all ways you can not go wrong when enjoying a healthy pepper.  In today’s post I want to share with you […]
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