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Seasons and Special Occasions

This features seasonal subjects along with holiday and special occasions.

Gift Ideas star
Here are some gift ideas that would appeal to gardeners.

Quilting Books for Gardeners star
Gardeners who quilt will be thrilled with the new Love to Quilt series from American Quilter's Society. The series includes 24 booklets, many of which feature garden themes.

2008 Calendars and Almanacs for Gardeners star
Calendars and almanacs make great gardening gifts. Here are some that will be of interest.

2010 Almanacs and Garden Planners star
With the year drawing to a close, it's time to think about buying calendars and almanacs.

2011 Almanac and Calendar Reviews star
Llewellyn is a leading publisher of almanacs and calendars. Some of these will have special appeal for gardeners.

2011 Garden Calendar Reviews star
Before the holiday rush begins, buy your 2011 garden calendars now. Purchase some extras for holiday gifts.

2013 Garden Wrap-Up star
The garden is pretty much cleaned up, and the spring bulbs are plants. I'm almost ready for winter.

2014 Almanacs and Calendars for Gardeners star
Beat the holiday rush and shop early for those almanacs and calendars. These make great gifts for gardeners. Keep extras around for hostess gifts during the holiday season.

2014 Garden Wrapup star
Following a humid summer, I'm looking forward to the mellow days of autumn while I reflect on the summer gardening season that just passed.

2015 Almanac and Calendars for Gardeners star
Gardeners can choose from a number of almanacs and calendars for 2015. A number of these will be of interest.

A New Garden Season star
Certain colors are traditionally associated with each of the seasons. Fall has always been thought of as the harvest season,and the colors of autumn reflect that.

A Review of the 2013 Gardening Season star
Now that the 2013 gardening season is behind us, I will remember it as one of the wettest on record for western North Carolina. All in all, things weren't ideal. Yet, I enjoyed months of reliable color and beauty.

A Traditional Christmas Tree star
A real Christmas tree beats an artificial one hands down whether you buy a cut tree or a live tree to plant in the landscape after Christmas.

Additional Quilting Books Gardeners will Love star
The following quilt books are part of the American Quilter's Society's series, called Love to Quilt. Many of these feature quilts with garden-related themes that will appeal to gardeners.

Affordable Gardening Gifts star
Choose affordable gifts that enrich the gardener's life throughout the year.

Affordable Holiday Gifts for 2006 star
Withthe cost of so many things going up in 2006, itīs nice to know there are still affordable, tasteful holiday gifts. Here are some ideas for the holiday season.

All Hallow's Eve or Halloween star
Whatever you choose to call this holiday, itīs become a fun-filled time. A recent survey found that over 60% of people plan to celebrate. On the average, each consumer is expected to spend around $45.

All-Occasion Gifts for Gardeners star
For those special occasions throughout the year choose inspiring and practical garden gifts.

Arm Chair Travel for Gardeners star
My favorite time for travel is normally the spring and fall. During those periods, temperatures tend to be comfortable and lots of things are in bloom.

Banish the Late Winter Blahs star
The weeks of late winter seem to just drag on. This can be especially trying for gardeners. Weīre eager to get started on those landscaping projects. Meanwhile, here are some tips on weathering the winter blahs.

Banish Winter Blahs star
The winter blahs arenīt inevitable. Gardeners can find a number of ways to cope.

Books for Holiday Gifts star
Gardeners love to receive books on all kinds of garden-related topics. Here are reviews of some recommended titles.

Books for Holiday Giving star
For many people on your shopping list, the perfect gift may be a book on their favorite subject. When choosing a book, it is easy enough to find that special title of interest. And matching the book's price to your budjet isn't really a problem.

Books for Orchid Lovers star
Orchids have become very trendy plants in recent years. So here are some gift books that would be great holiday gifts for gardeners.

Celebrate With Holiday Plants star
Nothing says Christmas like the pungent smell of pine resin. But quite a few flowering plants are also associated with the holidays. Depending on the species, these can be used indoors or outdoors for seasonal interest.

Celebrating Home Book Review star
Decorating shouldnīt be reserved for Christmas. Whatever the occasion, "Celebrating Home" is the essential guide to seasonal and holiday decorating.

Chase Away the Winter Blahs star
You don't have to put up with the winter blahs. Here are some things that can help chase them away.

Chocolate in England and the U.S. star
The English were able to enjoy chocolate decades before it was manufactured in the U.S.

Chocolate in Europe star
Chocolate has been around in Europe for over 400 years. It first reached the Spanish.

Choosing a Christmas Tree star
When it comes to choosing a real Christmas trees, you'll find there are many kinds available. Some of these are available as live trees that you can plant in the landscape after the holiday.

Choosing Gift Plants star
Gift plants are suitable for most any occasion. They make especially good holiday gifts.

Christmas Garden Book Reviews 2009 star
With holiday shopping in full swing, here are some recommended books for those gardeners on your holiday shopping list.

Christmas Greenery among Early Christians star
The early Christian church authorities sought to suppress the use of Christmas greenery but later lifted the ban.

Christmas Greenery History and Use star
Christmas greenery use in Europe pre-dates the arrival of Christianity.

Christmas Rose or Black Hellebore star
Christmas rose was a popular plant for the Christmas season.

Conifers star
Conifers can be relied on to bring four seasons of interest.

Decorating for the Holidays star
There is any number of ways to decorate for the holidays using greenery and other plant material from the garden.

Decorating for the Holidays star
Holiday plants play a crucial role during Christmas. Gardeners can find many ways to use the plants as well as their images as part of their holiday decorating scheme.

Early Christmas Shopping star
The dog days of summer offer a good opportunity to start those garden craft projects you want to use for holiday gifts and shop for early gardening related gifts.

Early Christmas Tree History star
The use of Christmas trees is an ancient one. It dates back to ancient times

Fall Gardening Chores star
Fall is a busy time for the landscape. Itīs one of the best times for planting in many areas.

Fall Gardening Report for 2009 star
As we enter a new gardening season, this is a good time to take stock and review the gardening year.

Fall is a New Season star
Spruce up the landscape for fall. A great place to start is with those container plantings.

Fall is the Best Time for Planting star
Though spring is the time we associate with planting our landscapes, fall is really the best of all. The plants get off to a better start than they do in the spring.

Fall Planting of Evergreens star
As fall approaches, it will bring cooler temperatures. This means it will be a great time for planting most evergreens. There are fewer heat-related stress problems on transplants during this time. They will need less watering than spring transplanted ones.

Father's Day Gifts star
So far as spending is concerned, Mother's Day and Father's Day are about equal. Most people will spend around $100 for gifts.

Flowers for Fall star
Something old or something new. Which do you prefer when it comes to fall-blooming plants? Some like the old reliables, the tried and the true ones. Among these would be the mums, pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, and a few others.

Frankincense Tree and its Use star
Frankincense is one of the plants that are honored at Christmas.

Garden Activities for Fall star
Fall is finally here, bringing a new season to the garden.

Garden Books for Your Holiday Shopping List star
This year simplify your holiday shopping by giving garden books as gifts. Here are some recommended titles.

Garden Craft Ideas star
Although we may be enjoying an Indian summer now, the cold will bring an end to outdoor gardening for the year. When that happens, there are various kinds of garden-related crafts that can enrich the winter season.

Garden Kits for Holiday Gifts 2009 star
For those gardeners on your shopping list, garden kits are a great gardening gift idea. There's one to suit every taste and interest.

Garden Quilt Books star
Any time of the year is great for starting those garden quilt projects. Here are some books that will inspire gardeners.

Garden Travel Books star
Though the dog days of summer arenīt a great time for gardening, this is a perfect opportunity to begin planning those fall garden tours. Here are some books that will help.

Gardening Books Cure Winter Blahs star
The hours fly when I'm reading a gardening magazine or a good gardening book. These are perfect cures for the late winter blahs.

Gardening Gifts star
With weeks to go before Christmas, now is the time to begin shopping for those gardening gifts. Gardeners prefer useful items, such as the following.

Gardening Gifts for 2009 star
For the 2009 holiday season give gardeners practical holiday gifts they can use.

Gardening Gifts for 2012 star
Simplify your holiday shopping with these gift ideas for gardeners.

Gardening Gifts for Mother's Day 2008 star
Show your mom you care with very special gardening gifts.

Garlands and Wreaths History star
Garlands and wreaths have been around for thousands of years.

Get Organized for Gardening star
The cooler weather of fall renews our spirits. Fall is a perfect time to get organized and accomplish those unfinished garden projects.

Getting Ready for Spring star
Weeks before the last frost of the spring, Iīm eager to get things planted. Yet I donīt feel safe in refurbishing the whole landscape with new bedding plants and the like. The solution is to get all the windowboxes and container gardens ready to go.

Gift Basket Book Review star
With Motherīs day coming soon, this is an excellent time to begin setting aside gardening items for a gift basket for your mom. Now thereīs a book that will help you create a perfect gift.

Gift Books for Bird Lovers star
Gardening and bird watching go together like peanut butter and jelly. So here are some bird books for those bird lovers on your holiday shopping list.

Gift Books for Gardeners star
There are all kinds of gifts that gardeners would love to receive. Here are reviews of some highly recommended books and publications.

Gift Ideas for Gardeners 2009 star
Give gardeners items that they can use throughout the year. Here are some ideas.

Gift Ideas for Mother's Day star
With Motherīs day being one of the most important holidays of the year, here are some gift ideas.

Gifts for Gardeners 2006 star
For 2006, itīs easier than ever to find suitable gifts for gardeners. Gardening kits like the one described below are ideal.

Gifts for Gardeners 2007 star
Shopping for gardening gifts is so easy. These folks like practical and inspirational items.

Gifts for Mother's Day star
Nowīs the time to begin thinking about those gifts for Motherīs Day. In 2004, consumers spent around $100 with over a third of that going towards flowers and plants.

Gifts from the Garden 2009 star
Gifts from the garden are meaningful. They show you care.

Green Holidays Book Review star
There's a wonderful new green living holiday guide from Chronicle Books.

Growing Cacao or Chocolate Tree star
The cacao or chocolate tree is of tropical origin.

Growing Mistletoe and its Toxicity star
It is possible to plant mistletoe. This is regarded as a toxic plant.

Hand Crafted Gifts for Gardeners star
If you want to give something different to those gardeners on your holiday shopping list, create one-of-a-kind gifts. Here are some craft books featuring projects with floral and gardening motifs.

Handcrafted Holiday Gifts star
Give the gift of gardening by creating handcrafted holiday gifts with garden themes for those on your shopping list.

Handmade Gifts star
When youīre seeking shelter from the heat and humidity of dog days, begin creating handmade holiday gifts for loved ones.

Handmade Gifts for Gardeners star
All sorts of garden craft techniques can be used to create unique holiday gifts for gardeners.

History and Lore of Holly star
Holly has been endowed with a rich history over the years. particularly among the pagans and early Christians.

History and Use of Myrrh star
Frankincense and myrrh are rather inseparable in their history and use as a Christmas plant.

History of Christmas Tree in Europe and England star
The origins of the modern Christmas tree began during the 16th century.

History of the Cacao or Chocolate Tree star
Cacao was apparently used by the Mayans about two thousand years ago in Mexico and Central America.

History of the Yule Log star
The Yule log was likely a pagan custom adopted by the early Christians.

Holiday Gift Books for Gardeners star
There are so many garden books that are suitable as holiday gifts. Here are just a few titles to consider for that gardener on your list.

Holiday Decorating Book Reviews star
For those needing ideas for holiday decorating this year, here are some wonderful books from Oxmoor House that will make it so easy.

Holiday Decorating for Gardeners 2009 star
There are many ways to decorate for the holidays. Nothing beats the beauty of plants and decorations made with plant materials.

Holiday Decorations Indoors and Outdoors star
Holidays are for our enjoyment. Decorate both indoors and out with all sorts of greenery and garden materials.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners star
Gardeners like useful gifts they can use throughout the yeaer. Herea are some suggestions.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners star
Give gardeners gifts that they can enjoy throughout the year. This can include plants, gardening supplies, and books.

Holiday Gifts for Gardeners star
Gardeners love to receive practical holiday gifts they can use throughout the year. Here are a few ideas.

Holiday Gifts for Gardeners star
For many people, shopping for holiday gifts is a real chore. Luckily gardeners are very easy to please. There are many handmade and other items they would love to receive.

Holiday Guide Book Review star
If you need ideas for holiday decorating, holiday gifts or yummy holiday recipes, "Gooseberry Patch Christmas 10th anniversary has the answer. This hoiday guide was released by Leisure Arts.

Holiday Plants star
Holiday decorating is easy when you use live plants. There are so many types that add color during the holiday season.

Holiday Plants star
Celebrate the holidays in style. Christmas decorations are an important part of that. One quick and easy way to decorat is with holiday plants.

Holiday Plants and Their Stories star
During the winter months the landscape is transformed with the use of holiday plants. Here are the stories behind their use.

Holly Among the Ancients and Early Christians star
The idea that holly has special powers is an ancient one. It has been considered sacred since ancient times.

Holly and Ivy star
There is a rich folk lore concerning the safe use and disposal of ivy and its rivalry with ivy.

Holly in Britain star
English holly plays an important role in Christmas decorations in Britain.

Ivy and Its Historical Use star
Ivy has long served as a decoration for many kinds of celebrations.

Jump Into Fall star
Nothing ever stays the same,and thatīs a good thing. By the time weīre weary of the summer heat and humidity, fall is just around the corner.

Landscaping for Winter Interest star
With proper planning, our landscapes can provide four seasons of interest. Here are a few tips on planning winter gardens.

Landscaping Related Gifts for Mother's Day star
Shopping for Motherīs Day has never been easier. When your mom is a gardener, there are so many suitable gifts.

Late Summer Garden-Related Activities star
The dog days of late summer are a trying time for gardeners. Hot, muggy weather makes it hard to keep up on garden chores. So, wait until fall for those big projects. Meanwhile, here are some garden-related activities you can do indoors.

Living Christmas Trees star
If youīre tired of cut Christmas trees and canīt bear the sight of artificial ones, try a living Christmas tree.

Mistletoe As a Sacred Plant star
Mistletoe has long been revered as a sacred plant.

Mistletoe Species and Host Plants star
There are numerous species of mistletoe around the world. These have many host plants.

Mistletoe's Ties to Peace and Romance star
Mistletoe has long been a symbol of peace and romance.

Mother's Day Gifts for 2010 star
When moms are gardeners it is so easy to choose appropriate gifts for Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Gifts for 2013 star
When your mother is a gardener she loves to receive time and labor saving gardening items.

Numerous Kinds of Wassail star
Wassail has evolved over the years with many kinds of ingredients being added.

Oh! Christmas Tree star
For most people the holiday season really begins when they buy their Christmas tree whether it is a cut or a live tree to be planted later in the landscape.

Planning for Spring 2014 star
Banish those winter blahs by planning for the new gardening season.

Poinsettias-the Ultimate Holiday Plant star
Poinsettias bring everything one could want in a Christmas plant.

Power and Rituals of the Yule Log star
The Yule log has long been a tradition in the West. Various beliefs and rituals surround the custom.

Raising Buckwheat for Animal Feed star
Buckwheat is a worthwhile crop for home gardeners and homesteaders to grow when enough land is available. This is often used as an animal feed.

Routine Plant Care for Summer star
With summer in full swing, it is important to budget enough time for routine care throughout the season.

Seasonal Decorations with Holiday Plants star
Christmas is a wonderful time to be a gardener because so many plants are associated with this holiday.

Some Craft Books for Gardeners star
Winter is a trying time for gardeners. Use this opportunity to start those garden-related craft projects. Here are some excellent books.

Some Craft Books with Gardening Projects star
Nothing says you care as much as a handmade gift. When someone on your holiday shopping list is a gardener, handmade craft items with garden themes make very good gifts. Here are a few books to get you going.

Some Excellent Garden Gift Books star
With the holidays being such a stressful time, simply your gift shopping by giving books. Gardening books make great gifts.

Some Foolproof Landscape Gifts star
If youīre looking for some affordable items to use as last minute gifts, here are some foolproof landscape and garden-related ideas.

Some Gardening Books for Holiday Gifts star
Whether you need stocking stuffers or hostess gifts during the holidays for gardeners on your shopping list, books are an excellent choice. Here are some gift books for holiday giving.

Some Gift Books for Gardeners star
For those gardeners on your holiday shopping list, consider books on gardening and related subjects. Here are some recommended titles.

Some Gift Books for Gardeners star
With the holiday season approaching quickly, here are some gift books that are ideal for gardeners.

Some Gifts for Gardeners star
Gardeners like to receive practical and inspiring gifts for the holidays. Here are reviews of some books that are sure to please.

Some Gifts for Gardeners star
For the most part, gardeners prefer practical holiday gifts. Here are some affordable gifts that wonīt break your budget.

Some Holiday Gifts for Gardeners star
Give heartfelt gifts those gardeners will appreciate. There are suitable ideas whethery they garden indoors or out.

Some Quilt Books for Gardeners star
Garden quilts are eye candy. They bring the beauty of gardens indoors for gardeners to enjoy throughout the year. Here are some inspiring books with garden quilt projects.

Special Books for Garden Gifts star
If youīre looking for a really outstanding holiday gift for that special gardener on your shopping list, here are some suitable books for garden gifts.

Spring Gardening star
Spring is a time of renewal. Before the last frost, we can plant cool season spring-flowering annuals to provide color in the landscape.

Sure Cures for the Winter Blahs star
The cloudy, dismal, late winter days seem unusually cold. Seemingly lasting for weeks, they bring on the winter blahs.

The Best Season star
Fall really can be the best season in the landscape. I prefer it to spring because during the spring there is always such a rush to get everything done. And the vibrant colors of autumn are certainly as enjoyable as the early show of spring flowers.

The Botany and Names of Holly star
Holly is often used for Christmas decorations. This plant is known by many common names.

The Cacao or Chocolate Tree star
The cacao or chocolate tree originated in South and Central America.

The Christmas Tree in America star
The Christmas tree was first used in the early 1800s in America by German settlers.

The Lodgepole Pine and other Kinds of Christmas Trees star
From the lodgepole pine to the white pine, our landscapes offer all sorts of plants that can be used as Christmas trees.

The Modern Christmas Tree History star
The modern Christmas tree originated in Germany around four hundred years ago.

The Story of Fall Foliage star
The foliage of trees and shrubs begin to change color during the fall from their mostly greens to a range of colors from oranges and reds to golds.

The Use of Mistletoe star
Mistletoe is a common decoration during the Christmas season.

The Versatile Pumpkin star
Fall wouldnīt be complete without pumpkins. These are one versatile vegetable.

Valentine's Gift for Gardeners star
Despite the economic downtown, there are many affordable Valentineīs gifts for gardeners.

Valentine's Gifts 2012 star
Cut flowers and pot plants are by far the most appropriate Valentine's gifts.

Wassail and its History star
One of the customs in the Christmas season is drinking wassail. This has a long and rich history.

Weathering the Dog Days of Summer-Part I star
The dog days of summer seem to have arrived early this year. Short of moving to Alaska or other cooler areas, what can we do to keep our sanity? This is Part I of a two-part series.

Weathering the Dog Days of Summer-Part II star
This is the final article of a two-part series on weathering the dog days of summer.

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