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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.

Orchid Mania at NYBG (New York Botanical Gardens)

Orchids reign supreme right now at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. If you can’t make it, enjoy these pictures of the orchid chandeliers and islands. Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home-Providing the Perfect Habitat for Mason Bees

Now is the time to provide straw or wood tubes for our native mason bees who are looking for a home. Continue reading

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Containers With Pizazz ! Not Your Ordinary Container!

Containers are easy if you follow a few simple pointers. Have good soil, choose the right plants, and nip and tuck them to keep the plants neat and in bounds. Continue reading

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Lights, Camera, Action! Philadelphia Flower Show, Part 2

Miniature landscapes and miniature settings stole the show at the Philadelphia Flower Show this year. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” got the blue ribbon for drama. Continue reading

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Lights Camera Bloom! Philadelphia Flower Show-Part 1

The Philadelphia Flower Show was under the bright lights this year with a movie theme. Interpreting popular movies was a fun way to showcase people’s talents with landscaping and arranging plants. Continue reading

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Art of the Seed

Seed art is alive and well in our computer generation. Artists still beautifully illustrate seed packets by hand rather than using photographs. Continue reading

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Northwest Flower & Garden Highlights

The recent Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle highlights new trends and new products in the gardening world. Continue reading

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Vintage Gardening

Did you know that old gardening tools are a “hot” collectable? See what you have in your gardening shed that might be worth some money. Continue reading

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New Patio-Old House

Old houses are picturesque and have lots of charm inside, but outside can be a different story. See how the addition of a new patio and plantings transform an old house. Continue reading

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Making of a Queen

Making a new queen bee is a fascinating look into the inner workings of a beehive. Continue reading

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