Fire blight

Posted by on April 23, 2014

Prune areas of roses and fruit trees infected by fire blight. Sterilize pruners with a 1-9 diluted bleach water solution between cuts.



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 […]


Gardening Tricks That Work: Peony support

Posted by on April 1, 2014

Peony support Gardening With Confidence®

As I travel for work scouting and writing about gardens for books and magazines, I come across many great and useful tips and tricks I learn from gardeners. Not every detail of these great gardens make it in a story, so this column on my blog, Gardening With Confidence, is a place for me to showcase […]


Garden Talent: Kellie Cox-Brady

Posted by on March 27, 2014

kellie cox brady

Going forward… These are the bright young minds going forward into the field of horticulture. Meet Kellie Cox-Brady. Kellie thanks for sharing with Gardening with Confidence! And thank you for all you do! Please visit the Garden Talent  category (on this blog) for other interviews of bright young minds.     Name: Kellie Cox-Brady Age: […]


Plants With Benefits: Celery…root

Posted by on March 21, 2014

Celery root Plants With Benefits

Celery  root, also known as celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum ‘Diamant’)  wasn’t mentioned in Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press), but celery was included. The nutrient amounts in celeriac could have easily put this root vegetable on the list, though. Just as the name […]


Columbus, Who Knew?

Posted by on March 20, 2014

Columbus, OH Gardening With Confidence®

Each summer, Columbus hosts the most prestigious trade show for the floriculture (and gardening in general) industry, now known as AmericanHort,  formally called OFA. And the famous career-enhancing short courses are now referred to as Cultivate’14, or at least this year’s series have a 14 in the name. Marketing for the 2014 show reads, “It used […]