National News - From NGA Editors
Poison Ivy Gets Pumped Up
One of the scourges of summer is dermatitis from contact with poison ivy. The leaves, branches, and roots of this perennial vining weed contain an oil ( urushiol ) that, once it penetrates your...
The First True Red Hydrangea
One visit to your local garden center and it?s clear that mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) are very popular. While pink or blue flowers have been the most popular colors, plant...
Veggies Help Prevent Clogged Arteries
It?s common knowledge that eating vegetables is good for us, and a recent study helps us understand at least one reason why. In laboratory tests on rodents, researchers at Wake Forest University...
Add Water-Absorbing Gel After Planting
Water-absorbing crystals are often used to keep containers, hanging baskets, and pots moist during dry summer weather. The traditional way to apply the crystals is to mix them into the potting...
In the Garden
I recently completed a survey from the City of Phoenix regarding their landscape maintenance practices along streets in the city. On my regular driving routes, only small sections are under the city's control, and they look pretty good. I wish some of...
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Shows & Events
Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference At the Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference there will be an interesting variety of...
Clever Gardening Technique
Removing a Section of Teddy Bear Cholla If you've ever been unlucky enough to have a section of this cactus cling to your flesh, you know...
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