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A freelancer since 1985, Julie Bawden-Davis has written for many publications, including American Express OPEN Forum, MSN Money.com, Parade.com, Entrepreneur, Better Homes & Gardens and Family Circle.

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5 Fun DIY Projects with Succulent Plants

When it comes to easy-to-grow, gorgeous plants, succulents top the list. While gardeners used to stick these fleshy plants in out-of-the-way areas of the garden, over the last decade they’ve come into their own and are now appreciated for the botanic beauties they are. With so many leaf forms and...

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6 Stunning Closeups of Flowers

Nature and garden writer Teri Dunn Chace thought she knew flowers. As a child, she dissected blooms while exploring the outdoors and spent her career writing gardening books and for publications such as Horticulture. It wasn’t until she saw photographer Robert Llewellyn’s flower photos that she discovered the little known...

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7 Tips for Growing an Herb Garden in Your Kitchen

No matter the weather outside, Emily Dickinson (no relation to the poet!) can always add fresh-from-the-garden herbs to her home-cooked meals. If she wants a sprig of rosemary for spaghetti sauce or a bunch of basil for pesto, she simply snips just the right amount from her kitchen herb garden....

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Decorate Your Home with Houseplants

Admire a model home with its stylish decorating, and you’re likely to see one common denominator—houseplants. Interior decorators know the secret. As living things, plants give life to otherwise sterile rooms, and with their wide variety of leaf shapes, sizes, textures and colors, they make great decorator pieces. “Rather than...

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Fall is Tree Planting Time

Fall is Tree Planting Time

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Force Bulbs to Grow Indoors for the Holidays

It may sound cruel, but forcing bulbs to grow indoors is a much kinder process than you’d think. In reality, the indoor gardening method should really be called “tricking bulbs.” By providing favorable climactic conditions indoors, you stimulate flower bulbs to bloom out of season. Freelance garden writer Kathy Purdy...

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Grow Flowering Houseplants

Grow Flowering Houseplants

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Hard-to-Kill Houseplants

If the idea of growing houseplants appeals to you, but the reality turns you into a plant killer, there may still be hope for you and your brown thumbs. The secret is in your plant selection. Choose plants that thrive inside despite neglect, and you can enjoy plenty of indoor...

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Plant an Elegant Wardian Case

In Victorian times, the English used houseplants to make a statement, and they made some of their most eye-catching statements with Wardian cases. These stylized, ornate metal and glass terrariums graced the parlors of many 19th-century British homes. How these decorative plant environments came to be is an interesting story....

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Plant Lettuce in the Fall Garden

Plant Lettuce in the Fall Garden

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Plant Perennials Now for Vibrant Spring Blooms

Plant Perennials Now for Vibrant Spring Blooms

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Save That Old Sweet Potato! Grow Houseplants From Kitchen Scraps

Before you toss that squishy, sprouted sweet potato, consider the indoor garden potential at your fingertips. It’s possible to grow houseplants from kitchen scraps, and the results may surprise you. Homely sweet potatoes transform into sprawling, lime-green vines and unremarkable avocado pits become stately trees with shiny leaves. With school...

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See the Country's Biggest Trees

Trees are among the few living things on Earth that can grow unchecked. Under ideal conditions, some trees grow so massive that they set awe-inspiring records, stretching hundreds of feet into the air and swelling to massive circumferences. To recognize and protect the nation’s biggest trees, the conservation organization American...

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The 9 Best Houseplants for Cleaning Air and Filtering Toxins

This fall and winter, as you close the windows and doors against the cold, you may be inviting trouble—indoor air pollution. According to the EPA, the level of pollutants in indoor air is generally at least two to five times higher than outdoor air, and the cold months of the...

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The Chemistry Behind Why Leaves Change Color in Fall

The Chemistry Behind Why Leaves Change Color in Fal...