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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.

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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Deck the Halls-Homemade Decorating for the Holidays

Grab your glue gun, pruners, or pastry bag, and browse your favorite Pinterest boards and blogs. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and I’ll be serving up a hearty helping of crafting inspiration to get your house ready for the onslaught of family and friends. Continue reading

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Bulbs in Pots-Portable Containers for Spring

Planting bulbs in pots now in the fall ensures that you will have pots of flowers to enjoy in the spring outdoors. Continue reading

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Succulent Pumpkins for the Fall

Pumpkins and succulents are a natural pairing for indoor arrangements or porch decor. Continue reading

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