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Garden Tour: South Coast Botanic Garden

If you, like me, are (im)patiently waiting for spring to really make her appearance, what better way to pass the time than virtually touring someone else’s garden (either in real life or virtually)? It’s time for another Garden Tour! (Previous garden tours can be found here, here, and here.)

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Houseplants: Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Continuing the theme of purple and green foliaged plants, I’ve got another oldie but a goodie for you: Prayer Plant, also known by it’s Latin name Maranta. Among my first houseplants – if not the first – I’ve had this one going on twelve years. Maybe thirteen? It was gifted to me by a college friend for helping him through one of our soils classes. I figured was a pretty good trade-off: I needed to study anyway and I got a free plant out of it! Win-win.

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Houseplants: Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallida)

It’s been a while since I last profiled one of my houseplants. Sorry ’bout that. It’s definitely not because I ran out of houseplants to talk about. It’s just that I haven’t taken any nice photos of them until recently. So today, I bring you: Wandering Jew.

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Horticulture: the blending of art and science

I remember once applying for a job at the USU herbarium. I really knew nothing about working in an herbarium, but I was just starting my horticulture degree and wanted to work somewhere on campus in a job related to my major. For part of the application I had to submit some plant sketches. I had never taken an art class – band always counted for my creative arts credits in school – but I didn’t let that deter me. I went out to my mom’s flower garden and sketched some gazanias as best as I knew how.

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New Year, New Yard

Last August we moved into a new home and I had grand hopes that we would get at least some of the yard put in before winter. It was not to be. But that has given me extra time to keep dreaming, I guess. In any case, this is the first in a series of posts about the process of creating a landscape first on paper, and then implementing it in real life.

 

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