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Plants With Benefits: National Garlic Day!

Posted by on April 18, 2014

Garlic pc Ken Gergle Gardening With Confidence® Plants With Benefits

Any excuse to have a party!!! April 19th is National Garlic Day. Regarded as a force of both good and evil, the Egyptians are said to have fed the herb to workers building the Great Pyramid of Giza because they believed it boosted their stamina. In the Middle Ages, plague-phobic Europeans ate whole cloves of […]


Plant Pick: Magnolia yuyuanensis from

Posted by on April 17, 2014

Dr. Dirr & Helen Yoest

Common Name: Chinese wood-lotus Botanical Name: Magnolia yuyuanensis Color: Purplish red seedpods; medium green leaves Type: Evergreen magnolia tree Size: Not sure Sun: Full sun to part shade Soil: Not sure, but probably well-drained. I have it in a well-drained to moisture holding location pH: Acidic Water: Not sure. I gave it no supplemental water in […]


Garden Talent: Noelle Johnson

Posted by on April 10, 2014

Noelle Johnson Az Plant Lady

Name: Noelle Johnson Age: 48 Occupation: Horticulturist, landscape consultant & designer, freelance writer Place of Employment: Self-employed Where you went to college: Westmont College, Arizona State University What is your earliest garden memory?  As a child in Southern California, my dad created raised bed for me where I could plant whatever I wanted.  I remember excitedly thumbing […]


April Inspriation

Posted by on April 6, 2014

Edgeworthia Helen's Haven Gardening With Confidence®

  With a slow start after a cold winter, the birds are scratching, singing, and suggesting I pay attention. I am. There’s a feeling of joy. They feel spring; as do I. The temperatures may not say spring, but the songs do. In my garden, Helen’s Haven, everything is two to three weeks behind. What […]


Plants With Benefits: Tequila Honeysuckle

Posted by on April 4, 2014

Tequila honeysuckle Plants With Benefits

Did you know the Egyptians used honey to cure sterility and impotence? Did you know the ancient Greeks associated bees and honey with fertility and childbirth?  Honey has long considered an aphrodisiac. Honey is a healer of the body in many ways, including contributing to our sexual wellbeing. It is rich in B vitamins, enzymes, […]


Chihuly Glass

Posted by on April 3, 2014

Dale Chihuly Franklin Park Conservatory Gardening With Confidence®

When I first visited a public garden with glass by Dale Chihuly*, I knew the name and reputation of the artist known simply as Chihuly. Traveling to Ohio for a press meeting with a national business based on Columbus, we, of course, visited local gardens, since we are in the business of gardening. So even […]