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The Garda Dibble, ThinkEco2 and EcoScraps Winners

Announcing the winners of the giveaway.

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Free Guides to Attracting Garden Pollinators

Something for nothing. A no-cost guidebook to planting for pollinators.

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Blackbirds in the Garden | Birds of a Feather

Blackbirds, often found in yards and gardens across North America, are just as common in Europe. Our French garden exert Mike Alexander gives a little background on the feathered musicians.

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Digging It | Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Seattle Seahawks Superbowl victory celebrations aren’t the only thing happening in the Emerald City. The country’s second-largest flower and garden show is back.

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11 Garden Bloggers and Writers You Should Know

Learn from, be inspired by and grow with these knowledgeable top-notch scribes of the garden world.

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Garden Room, Sunroom and Conservatory Planting and Gardening Ideas

Westbury Garden Rooms, which skillfully builds graceful conservatories and orangeries across the U.K., gives Garden Variety readers advice on planting in around these winter-friendly spaces bathed in natural light.

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Companion Planting Tips for Organic Garden Pest Control

Canadian pro gardener and GV contributor A.H. Jackson offers a few companion planting organic pest control options for keeping bad bugs at bay.

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Wanderlust | New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden, the broadest collection of gardens in America’s biggest metropolis, offers a year-round horticulture fill and then some.

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Tour a Private Garden Near You

The easy way to gain insider entrée to America’s normally off-limits properties.

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Dear Diary | Keeping a Garden Journal

Mike Alexander on why keeping a gardening journal is a great idea.

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Upcycled Garden Wares for the Potting Bench

Our decorating diva Melinda Graham shares some ideas for using recycled accessories in your potting space.

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Garda Dibble Tool, ThinkEco2 Planter and EcoScraps Giveaway

Garden Variety has partnered with reclaimed home and garden product maker ThinkEco2 to give five lucky readers these gardening goodies.

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Photo of the Week | Impressive Garden Beds

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Photo of the Week | Red Cottage with a Grass Roof Photo of the Week | A Casually Opulent Outdoor Room Photo of the Week | A Grand Garden Shed

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Digging It | America’s Home Grown Veggie Show

A must-listen radio show for lovers of edible gardens.

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The Mole Man | Controlling Moles in the Garden and Lawn

Considered one of the worst pests in the lawn and garden, moles destroy beds, roots, grass while eating their body weight in insects and worms daily. International horticulturist Mike Alexander shares his experience dealing with the destructive creatures.

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Garden Design Magazine Is Returning (Bigger and Better)

Garden Design, the beloved cutting-edge bimonthly magazine that ceased publication last year, plans to start the presses again.

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Growing Thoughts | Garden Resolutions for 2014

Our editor, Therese Ciesinski, shares some gardening resolutions ambitions for the New Year.

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A Gardener Without a Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart

Our man in Europe, veteran horticulturist Mike Alexander, learns just how valuable these wheeled transports are in the garden.

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Digging It | Dallas Blooms with Birds in Paradise

As most of us shiver, Dallas prepares to bloom.

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Most Americans Interested in Composting, Survey Finds

Most Americans say, “I’d love my community to compost…just don’t try and stick me with the bill.” Our solution: support public composting, but don’t sit and wait for it to happen. Do it yourself, right now.

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Bookworm | Virginia Woolf’s Garden

“Virginia Woolf’s Garden” is a wonderful read for gardeners and those who admire Woolf’s literary accomplishments. GV Contributor Joyce Newman has a conversation with its author, Caroline Zoob.

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Garden Variety Has Big Plans

Last week, we told you to expect some good news from us. Well, here it is. If you’ve liked what we’ve done with Garden Variety so far, there’s much more in store. We can think of nothing better than to … Continue reading

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Digging It | Free-Range Chicken Gardens

Chickens are having their moment in the sun—everyone from natural foodies to sustainable permaculturists have come to appreciate all they have to offer. For many gardeners, keeping these birds is a natural outgrowth of cultivating gardens. In her book “Free-Range … Continue reading

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Gardenites, Have a Happy New Year!

On this last day of 2013, the new year is upon us, which means that it’s time to reflect on life over the past twelve months. Was it a better year for you? Did you accomplish your personal or professional … Continue reading

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In Store | Detroit Garden Works

A top-notch purveyor that makes a well-appointed garden a click or visit away.

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A Brief History of Intensive Gardening

How ancient Babylon’s hanging gardens influenced what we today call intensive gardening.

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Garden Variety Wishes You a Merry Christmas

Gardenites, although we’re sure that most of you are too busy celebrating the holiday to read this, we at GV would like to take time to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!  

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Deer in the Garden | Oh, Dear!

For deer, almost any garden is edible. And with their numbers expanding, gardeners are feeling the bite.

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War of the Irises | Gardener Versus the Postman

Our European correspondent Mike Alexander tells of his ongoing battle with a local carrier for the French postal service.

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Digging It | EcoScraps Compost Mix

Not the usual bag of “dirt,” EcoScraps produces an honest-to-goodness soil-enriching compost. Any gardener worth their salt knows that you have to provide your soil with nutritious organic matter in order to keep it healthy, promote drainage, increase microbes and encourage … Continue reading

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Old Art Finds a New Purpose | The Floral Collages of Lauren Karnitz

A painter’s canvases’ second incarnations are geared toward the flower-loving crowd.

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5 Great Gifts for Gardeners

With the holidays upon us, Editor-at-Large Therese Ciesinski shares her five favorite go-to gifts for those who love to spend time in the garden.

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Plant One on Me | The Magic of Mistletoe

Mistletoe may be perpetually associated with holiday romance, but it is also becoming big business and despite its reputation as a tree-killing parasite, the plant plays an important ecological role.

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Beautiful Mess | A Garden’s Return to Nature

Conventional wisdom says clean up, clear away and cover your veggie garden in winter. But as our Editor-at-Large Therese Ciesinski points out, with ornamentals, it may be best to take completely different approach.

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How to Beat a Strawberry Tree

GV’s eyes and ears in Europe, Mike Alexander, introduces readers to an underused drought tolerant shrub (or small tree, if you prefer).

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Holiday Plant Care | Melinda Myers Shares Her Houseplant Survival Secrets

Gardening expert Melinda Myers offers a little expert advice with GV readers on caring for some often-difficult holiday houseplants.

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Slow Flowers | The Best Blooms, From a Plot Near You

West Coast editor Julie Chai reports on the floral answer to eating locally, with insights from Debra Prinzing, the movement’s trailblazing pioneer and author of seven books, including “The Abundant Garden,” “The 50-mile Bouquet,” and, most recently, “Slow Flowers,” a … Continue reading

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Refresh Your Garden Design | A Quick Q&A with Rebecca Sweet (Plus, Photos)

Rebecca Sweet, the Northern California garden designer known for her ability to creatively transform ordinary outdoor spaces into balanced, living works of art, released a new book last month. And, as expected, it’s as useful as she is talented. In … Continue reading

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Landscape Fabric | It’s NOT the New Black

We at GV confess to a gardening faux pas: We found a roll of landscape fabric in our potting shed. Seasoned pro gardener and landscape designer Genevieve Schmidt tells GV readers why—besides choking the life from your soil and killing … Continue reading

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