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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.

Pollination Poster

TheGardenDiaries Etsy shop carries my original pollination poster. Continue reading

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Top 10 Garden Trends for 2016

It’s time to get out my crystal ball and find out whats coming up in the gardening world for 2016. Find out about the top 10 gardening trends that gardeners across the globe are following. Continue reading

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Confused Gardening-Warm Weather in Winter

March in January? Yes, that is what is happening in my garden in the mid-Atlantic, and I bet it is in yours also. Find out what it means for your spring display this year. Continue reading

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2015 In Review

Viewed over 110,000 times in 2015, read about my most clicked on topics and most controversial ones at The Garden Diaries blog. Continue reading

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Boxwood -The Ultimate Green for Christmas

Boxwood greens are the ultimate Christmas decoration. From tabletop trees, to garlands, and wreaths, boxwood lends itself to creating a great looking long lasting decoration. Continue reading

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Decorating “The Palace in the Woods”, Hampton Mansion

Dating back to the eighteenth century, Hampton is a large estate built in the Georgian architectural style, situated in a park like setting in Towson, Maryland. The previous home of seven generations of the prominent Ridgely family, local Garden Clubs use fresh greens and flowers to decorate the mansion for Christmas. Continue reading

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Poinsettia – History and Legends

What is the best selling potted plant in the U.S. and Canada? The Poinsettia is by far the most widely purchased flowering plant with lots of shapes, colors, and uses for decorating. Continue reading

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Mantel Magic

Inspired after decorating at the White House, I decorated my mantel when I returned. Fresh greens, glittery balls and ornaments, and a little imagination is all it takes to make a welcoming festive mantle. Continue reading

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Decorating the White House, 2015-Part 2

Decorating the White House for Christmas is a massive undertaking for lots of volunteers around the country. Find out what it takes to make the magic happen. Continue reading

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Decorating the White House, 2015 -Part 1

Decorating the White House is every designers dream come true. Learn how to volunteer for this fantasy job and how much work is involved in making the magic happen. Continue reading

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