What is Melilot? A Bee-Attracting Garden Plant

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Melilot (Melilotus officinalis), also known as Yellow Sweet Clover, is a non-native plant originating from Eurasia and brought to the US as fodder for animals and a cover crop to produce a bust of nitrogen to poor soil and fields. It is not considered a weed but can become invasive if not monitored properly as it can be found in all types of soil. Continue reading

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Benefits of Basil | A Fragrant Garden Herb

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Five Common Edible Flowers In The Home Garden

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Did you know, there are edible flowers in most home gardens? Many gardeners grow plants for visual appeal and for their fruit, but many flowers also offer the same taste as their hosts. Continue reading

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Benefits of Creating a Pollinator Garden

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Edible Container Gardening | Growing Vegetables in Pots

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Preparing Your Garden Soil for the Growing Season

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Five Most Notable Springtime Flowers and Shrubs

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Spring Garden To Do List

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Starting Seeds Indoors

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Five Notable Organic Gardening Methods

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Tips for The Beginning Gardener

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Garden Variety Wishes You a Happy Father’s Day!

A vase of cut lilies. Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens, a leading U.S. supplier of flower bulbs.

A vase of cut lilies. Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens, a leading U.S. supplier of flower bulbs.

On this day of observance and appreciation, Garden Variety would like to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to the men who represent the best of fatherhood, paternal bonding and positive influences in the lives of others.

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Photo | A Tropical Community Garden and Farm in Hawaii

A lush lakeside farm and garden set in a valley at Kukui'ula, a luxury residential community and private club in Kaua'i, Hawaii.

A lakeside farm and garden set in a valley at Kukui’ula, a luxury residential community and private club in Kaua’i, Hawaii, which is known as the “Garden Island.” Photo courtesy of Kukui’ula.

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Photo | A Romantic Canadian Hotel Garden

An intimate garden at Queen's Landing, a fine Georgian-style hotel set where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. Photo courtesy of Vintage Hotels.

An intimate garden at Queen’s Landing, a fine Georgian-style hotel set where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. Photo courtesy of Vintage Hotels.

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Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

Photo courtesy of The Grower's Box.

Photo courtesy of The Grower’s Box, a specialty wholesaler of bulk flowers.

On this day celebrating the women responsible for making each and every one of our lives possible, Garden Variety would like to offer a word of thanks for the unconditional love, thoughtful care and tireless efforts of every mom out there, while paying tribute to the memory of those who are no longer with us.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Terrariums | Decorative Interior Gardens Under Glass

This and all accompanying photos courtesy of Melinda Graham.

Planting terrariums is fun, rewarding and surprisingly easy. This and all accompanying photos courtesy of Melinda Graham.

Long relegated to school classrooms and science fair project tables, terrariums have found their way into homes. Here, our domestic diva, Melinda Graham, dishes on how to plant a stylish, low-maintenance mini indoor oasis this spring.

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In the Garden, Spring Finally Arrives

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A French plant market. Photo courtesy of Mike Alexander.

In France, as across much of North America, spring has finally sprung. And Mike Alexander is ready as the ‘Saint of Frost’ gives way to seasonal bloom.

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Photo | An Eco-Conscious Public Garden

Clark Gardens Botanical Park, an environmental education-focused 143-acre public garden in north-central Texas.

The reflecting pool at Clark Gardens Botanical Park, an environmental education-focused non-profit public garden in north-central Texas. Photo courtesy of Clark Gardens.

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Trout Lilies | Children of the Spring

Photo courtesy of Van Engelen (flower bulbs),

Photo courtesy of Van Engelen (flower bulbs).

GV’s Joyce Newman introduces us to a wildflower usually found on the forest floor.

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Dandelion | Harbinger of Spring

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This photo courtesy of wallpaperswide. Subsequent photos copyright by Mike Alexander.

Our man in Europe, horticulturist Mike Alexander, on the season of the dandelion, the bane of gardeners everywhere.

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Wanderlust | Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

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A flower-filled town on one of the Great Lakes allows you go Dutch without the jet lag. Continue reading

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Photo | The Vegetable Garden at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

The kitchen garden at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate in Virginia. Photo courtesy of Dean Norton.

The kitchen garden at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate in Virginia. Photo courtesy of Dean Norton.

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Earth Day 2014 | Green Cities

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Image courtesy of Dreamstime and Garden Variety.

“Green Cities” is the focus of the 44th annual observance of of Earth Day.

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Happy Easter From Garden Variety

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Photo courtesy of 1zoom.

Happy Easter from GV to you! May each and every one of you enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

Thank you all for reading, liking, commenting and sharing!

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How to Shop for Spring Garden Plants

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This and all accompanying photos courtesy of Proven Winners.

Kerry Meyer, program manager with high-performing plant brand Proven Winners, on how to find healthy plants in garden centers.

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Bordeaux, France | A Living History

This and all accompanying photos courtesy of Mike Alexander.

GV’s European correspondent, Mike Alexander, gives a quick primer on the living—and growing—heritage of the French city known as La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty)

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Easter Lily | The Season’s Brightest Bloom

Photo courtesy of Powell Gardens.

Photo courtesy of Powell Gardens.

Our editor, Therese Ciesinski, on a seasonal favorite: the richly-scented, pale-trumpeted floral symbols of Easter.

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Photos | The World’s Largest Flower Garden

Covering some 70 acres and filled with more than 7 million blooming tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi and crocuses, Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands is the world's largest flower garden. All photos courtesy of Sinbad.

Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands spans some 70 acres and is filled with more than 7 million blooming tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi and crocuses in spring. All photos courtesy of Sinbad.

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Walmart to Sow Its Organic Wild Oats

Images courtesy of Walmart and Wild Oats Marketplace.

Images courtesy of Walmart and Wild Oats Marketplace.

The nation’s largest retailer and grocer enters the organic food rush.

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Truth in Labels | FDA No Longer Sweet on Honey

Photo courtesy of Bundrick Honey Farms.

Photo courtesy of Bundrick Honey Farms.

The Food and Drug Administration says it’s time to rethink honey labeling standards.

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Photos | Breathtaking Rocky Mountain Gardens, Patios and Yards

A lovely yardscape designed by Stephen Himschoot. This and all photos copyright by Luxescapes, a premier residential landscape design and contracting firm operating in Greater Denver, CO.

A rich, dreamy yardscape designed by the supremely talented Stephen Himschoot. This and all photos copyright by Luxescapes, a premier residential landscape design and contracting firm operating in Greater Denver, CO.

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Growing Up | New Site Teaches Tweens About Soil Science

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Image courtesy of Discovery Education.

A new e-learning site dedicated to informing the students—and the public—about the role of nutrients in healthy food production and the preservation of green spaces.

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Yard to Plate | Edible Gardening Rises in the U.S.

Image courtesy of the National Gardening Association.

Image courtesy of the National Gardening Association.

More Americans opting for locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs at a time when health issues and surging food prices have become national concerns.

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The Winners of Our Spring Giveaway

Photo courtesy of Fancies Flowers & Gifts.

Photo courtesy of Fancies Flowers & Gifts.

GV announces the giveaway winners.
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Egg-ology | Organic Brown and White Eggs

A display of eggs at Trader Joe's. Photo courtesy of Joyce H. Newman.

A display of eggs at Trader Joe’s. Photo courtesy of Joyce H. Newman.

Are organic eggs really better for you? Does it matter it they are white or brown? Our green product specialist Joyce Newman weighs in.

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Photo | A Lush Mature Garden of Delights

A heavily-planted garden with lavish greenery and an a variety of flowers. Photo courtesy of Alvede.

A heavily-planted garden with lavish greenery and an a variety of flowers. Photo courtesy of Alvede.

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The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden | A Conversation with Author Roy Diblik

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This all all images courtesy of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden. Copyright © 2014 by Roy Diblik. Published by Timber Press, Portland, OR. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

GV’s Joyce H. Newman catches up with renown garden designer Roy Diblik, who discuses his work and new book, “The Know Maintenance Garden.”

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Restaurants and the Organic, Sustainable and Local Food Shift

Photo courtesy of Don't Worry Get Healthy.

Photo courtesy of Don’t Worry Get Healthy.

Restaurants are largely missing out on our changing attitudes toward food, but there is hope.

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Spring Planting Tips for Outside and In

This and all photos courtesy of Westbury Garden Rooms.

This and all photos courtesy of Westbury Garden Rooms.

Westbury Garden Rooms, a builder of beautiful custom conservatories and orangeries in the U.K., offers GV readers some spring planting advice.

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Photo | Beautiful Hardscaped Garden with Birdbath

Photo courtesy of Locoboy.

A lovely walkway with flowers, containers, a birthbath and a garden gate. Photo courtesy of Locoboy.

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GV Spring Gardening Giveaway

The Garda Dibble and Digz garden gloves.

The Garda Dibble and Digz garden gloves.

Who doesn’t enjoy getting free things? Especially gardeners at springtime.

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MOM’s Organic Market Stands Against Lawn Chemicals

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Image courtesy of MOM’s Organic Market.

A feisty organic food store dedicated to protecting and restoring the environment urges the public to say no to chemically-maintained lawns.

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Photo | The Gardens at a Historic French Architectural Treasure

The terrace gardens at Chateau du Villandry, a Renaissance-era French stone manor house. Photo courtesy of Loire Valley Tours.

The gardens at Chateau du Villandry, a Renaissance-era French stone manor house. Photo courtesy of Loire Valley Tours.

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Bottoms Up | The Republic of Tea Biodynamic Teas

Photo courtesy of The Republic of Tea.

Photo courtesy of The Republic of Tea.

The most popular brewed beverage gets new healthy (for you and the planet) additions.

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Photo | A Serene Asian-Influenced Garden

Chinese pagoda and gardens at California Health & Longevity Institute. Photo courtesy of CHLI.

Chinese pagoda and gardens at California Health & Longevity Institute. Photo courtesy of CHLI.

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Photo | A Lovely Potting Shed for the Garden

A cedar shake garden shed by Sheds Unlimited.

A Classic Little Retreat. Cedar shake garden shed built in Pennsylvania Amish Country by Sheds Unlimited.

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Rethinking How to Water Your Garden

Photo courtesy of Emmi.

Photo courtesy of Emmi.

When watering the garden, there’s more to consider than when and how much, explains GV contributor A.H. Jackson.

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Digging It | The Philadelphia Flower Show

Photo courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

A final opportunity to experience the world’s biggest indoor flower exhibit.

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First U.S. Fair Trade Beer to Celebrate Launch in New York City

Image courtesy of Peak Organic Brewing and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

Image courtesy of Peak Organic Brewing and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

Peak Organic launches “Fair Trade” beer brewed with Irving Farm coffee.

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