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A thorough knowledge of good garden practices will help you create outdoor spaces that are both beautiful and enduring.

Soils in the Pacific Northwest range from the sharpest-draining sand to the stickiest clay. Each soil type has its advantages and disadvantages. If you have soil that is hard to work with, remember that plants can be found to suit any kind of soil, and difficult soil can always be amended to enhance the variety of plants it can grow.

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Use the helpful tips in The Less Is More Garden to turn your standard lot into a unique space that is beautiful, low maintenance, and the perfect fit for your family.
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Peony bouquets often accent the most exceptional days of our lives. Many brides and their mothers sense that peonies in bloom will convey that romantic aura. Graceful, often fragrant, and in the full range from chaste whites through blushing pinks, culminating in boldly festive corals, yellows, and reds of every hue, peonies are suitable for all kinds of celebrations.

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Peonies are stunningly beautiful, easy to grow, relatively carefree, and adaptable to any garden style. They are a favorite flower everywhere they can be grown and for good reason: the heady fragrances and enchanting colors of a peony-rich garden can evoke memories, capture an enchanted moment, and represent hope, friendship, romance, or gracious hospitality. To discuss the great diversity of peony flowers, we have to discuss the different floral forms.

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The earliest known image of the three older Ingalls sisters. From left to right: Carrie, Mary, and Laura. Image courtesy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society.

“Whether child or adult, I think she can lead us all back to nature, to a Wilder garden.” —Marta McDowell

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“Just remember, traveling doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive. All you really need is time and a good pair of shoes.” —Mary Caperton Morton

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We always plan to make a thoughtful DIY craft, but inevitably things gets busy, and we have to make some last-minute purchases. Using some of our favorite Timber Press titles for inspiration, we’re made of list of the best gifts for the gardening, plant-loving friends and family you celebrate:

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Some gardeners aren’t content to hibernate like bulbs in winter, they must continue to grow, even in the snowy season. These gardeners are easy to spot: their kitchen table becomes littered with seed catalogs almost as soon as the turkey is gone and their holiday wish-list contains things like knee pads and hose extensions. They are both doers and thinkers. They like to plan as much as they like to plant. They are reflective, often spending as much time thinking about what it means to be a gardener as they do actually gardening.

The following are three gift ideas for the reflective gardener in your life:

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Holiday staff picks

by Timber Press on December 11, 2017

in News

Hand-picked ideas to help you find the right gift for the gardener in your life.

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All gardeners are geeks in their own way but some gardeners dig deeper than others, seeking to discover how far the roots really go. For some people, plants are more than plants. They might be symbols of beauty (rose), peace (olive branch), perfection (orchid), or even death (poppy). Plants can be keys to understanding human history, a path to revelation, and the ingredients of better health. Many plants become objects of fascination because of their unique, often bizarre, qualities. Here are three gift ideas for the garden geek in your life:
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