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About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.

A Tapestry of Holly – McLean Nursery

Holly is king of Christmas wreaths and McLean Nursery has taken wreath making to a new level using dozens of varieties of hollies to add color and beauty to their creations. Continue reading

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Miniature Christmas Garden Craze

It is easy to create a mini landscape in a small pot or terrarium to It makes a great gift for someone who can’t have their own outdoor garden or who just wants to enjoy something growing during the long winter months. Continue reading

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Decorating “The Palace in the Woods”, Hampton Mansion

Decorating Hampton Mansion in Towson, Maryland, is a tradition of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland that goes back many years. Decorated with period flowers and greens, each room represents a different era of the Ridgely family. Continue reading

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Deck the Halls – A Succulent Christmas

Who says that you have to decorate with holly, mistletoe, and pine at Christmas? Do it with succulents! Continue reading

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Poinsettia – History and Legends

The ubiquitous Poinsettias at Christmas time come in a dazzling palette of colors and have an interesting history that started with the ancient Aztecs. Continue reading

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Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving

Can’t come up with a Thanksgiving centerpiece? Use natural materials and pumpkins to come up with a easy, low cost solution. Continue reading

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Crimson Poppies at The Tower of London

A sea of crimson poppies have been planted all summer in the moat at the Tower of London to commemorate all the British forces that died in WWI. Continue reading

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Autumn’s Colors

Fall colors are beautiful if you plant the right perennials, trees and shrubs. Continue reading

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Plant Oddity – Pumpkin On A Stick

Pumpkin On A Stick is an heirloom eggplant variety that looks like tiny orange pumpkins. They can be used for cooking or decorating. Continue reading

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Gourdzilla!! Giant Pumpkin Shenanigans

Growing titanic pumpkins or gourds is a competitive cut throat sport. As recently as 16 years ago, the heaviest (official) pumpkin weighed a mere 403 pounds. Now in 2014 the one ton mark has been surpassed! That is a lot of pumpkin. Continue reading

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