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Question: I am a new gardener. I have fallen in love with the English Gardens, the way they grow their fruits, the way they have their Kitchen Gardens right out side the door, and the beautiful shrubery around their homes.

I want to start with the best, and would appreciate any help you would give me to get me started on my way to having a dream garden come ture.

Kindest regards,
Lee Ann

Answer: For some really awesome ideas, go to the Monrovia website ( and click on "theme gardens" (look in the middle column, under Hot Topics). When you click on theme gardens you'll be given a menu with several choices. I browsed through the fragrant garden collection and the casual country garden collection. Each of the themes has photos and sketches, and a list of plants. Clicking on the plant list will allow you to see each individual plant. Clicking on individual plants will produce a huge amount of information from cultural requirements to bloom time. I think you'll find the site most helpful when planning your own garden. Best of all, you can print out the plant lists and schematic drawings.

Best wishes with your project!

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