Friday, January 20, 2012

Gardening and landscaping ideas

The Early Spring issue of Country Gardens has articles on plants, including amaryllis, daffodils, and clivia; garden borders; public gardens; miniature flower arrangements and landscapes; Beatrix Potter's garden and art; and other gardening ideas; but the article I enjoyed most was the one about reclaiming empty lots in New Orleans. Growing Homes is a local program to restore neighborhoods by enabling homeowners to buy the empty lot next to their home if they improve the lot and plant a garden. The improvements include orchards, rain gardens, and ponds. People are planting trees and vegetable and flower gardens. This is one of the most constructive programs--besides rehabbing empty buildings--I've ever come across. This is a fantastic issue!

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