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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.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) starts Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Find out how you can contribute to this Citizen Science project. Continue reading

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Knives, Trugs, and Gloves: Tools of the Trade

Garden warriors have tried many things over the years and come up with practical and winning solutions for gardening in style and comfort. Find out which tools you need for your garden this spring. Continue reading

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Gardening Trends 2017

Gardening trends for 2017 run the gamut of plenty of new plant intros and new ways to market them with gardening super centers. Continue reading

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Amaryllis For Years to Come

Amaryllis bulbs are a popular Christmas gift and with the proper care, you can have a beautiful winter/early spring blooming bulb for many years. Continue reading

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Illuminating The Season in Colonial Williamsburg

Christmas decorating at Colonial Williamsburg is a tradition that goes back centuries with simple greens and boughs of holly. Only in the twentieth century, has the fruit, nut, and pod bedecked wreaths and swags taken hold and become symbolic of a festive “Williamsburg Christmas” look. Continue reading

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Decorating the White House- Past and Present

Volunteering at the White House to decorate for the holidays is a bucket list for many people. Find out how easy it is to volunteer and the best way to get accepted. Continue reading

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Holly Love-The Art of Wreath Making at McLean Nursery

Holly and wreaths are a natural combo that is iconic of the Yuletide season. Growing over 100 different varieties of holly, McLean Nursery, has the ultimate selection to get you excited about decorating. Continue reading

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Winter Squash Roundup with the Best Soup Recipe Ever

Winter squash are some of the healthiest vegetables around and are easy to grow or inexpensive to buy. Butternut Squash soup with Calvados, Feta Cheese, and Prosciutto is a great way to experience Butternut squash. Continue reading

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Christmas Wreath-Ordinary to Extraordinary

Wreath making is easy by starting with a pre-made base and adding some additional materials found in your landscape, making a custom made wreath for your door. Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

For quick last minute centerpiece ideas for the Thanksgiving table, use gourds and candles. Continue reading

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