First Day of Spring!

Spring Time Gardening Tips Chattanooga Tennessee

Spring is a joyous time in the garden! Roses , perennials, ornamental trees all blooming with abandon filling the space with beauty and scent. That is what our modern landscapes lack in our “cookie cutter” world.  Hopefully we can help you with that! Remember that Everyone is thinking about their gardens in the Spring. Call us before the mad rush puts you on a waiting list!

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Late Winter to Early Spring

Late Winter Early Spring Chattanooga Gardening

This is your last chance to get your shrubs and trees planted before the hot weather arrives. Of course, there is no substitute for good drip irrigation on your prized garden plantings, but for the “brave of heart” who insist on hand watering…. this is the time to get the larger rooted items in the ground to give them the best start.

Late Winter  – 

This has been a very colorful late Winter season with Hellebores, Camellias, and Asiatic Magnoliasadding brilliance to an otherwise drab season.

Early Spring  – 

This is the time for some bulbs and ephemerals to shine before they are shaded out by the new leaves on the newly wakening trees. This is the time our natives really take center stage in the stalwarts of the Redbuds, Dogwood, and Pinxter type blooming Azaleas! However, don’t forget landscaping always looks forward to the next season. Where will your Summer color come from? Where is your structure in the garden? Winter just showed us where we could use more evergreen in our designs. It showed us where the weak spots really were hiding.

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Annual Native Plant Symposium – Designing for Nature

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The  Annual Native Plant Symposium. A place to learn practical tips on natural landscaping and plant selection for both casual and experienced gardeners and landscapers alike.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:30AM to 4:30PM
UC Auditorium, UT Chattanooga
642 E. 5th Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee

The symposium will be held at the University Center, on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus. This is a spacious, uncrowded, accessible venue with free parking nearby. Nurseries will have native plants and artists will have artworks for sale. (Some vendors only take cash or check) You can browse the various exhibits by local organizations. Plenty of time is provided at midday and at the end of the day to visit exhibits and vendors. We hope that you will be inspired to create your own natural landscape and get to take home a door prize.
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Reflection Riding Fall Plant Sale

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We are happy to be a Sponsor this year for the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center’s Fall Native Plant Sale. This event is more than just a plant sale, it is also a three day opportunity to hear garden-nature related lectures, participate in tours and hand’s on workshops. I will be debuting my newest power point presentation titled “Designing for Fall Interest” on Saturday, September 10th at 10:30am. This presentation will incorporate both native and exotic plants, shrubs, and trees of all kinds that enhance this special season in our gardens! I will be giving out handouts that follow the presentation with useful information that you can incorporate in your personal landscapes. Hope to see you there!

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Volunteer Gardener TV Spot

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Scott Drucker of Dream Gardens USA appearing on the volunteer gardener show September 2016

We were very excited to be included by Troy Marden and the staff of the popular Nashville – based PBS TV Show called The Volunteer Gardener on their recent visit to Chattanooga this past July. Although July is notorious for being a difficult month in our zone 6b-7a garden for lack of color in blooms, we are sure that Troy and his team were still able to highlight lots of interesting plants and design ideas that we tried to incorporate into our “English Style” Cottage garden. We aimed at creating a garden that would complement the architecture of our 100 plus year old home in the historic St. Elmo neighborhood. Our goal was to create year-round color and interest by incorporating lots of evergreens and many heirloom and modern perennials and roses. The Volunteer Gardener airs state-wide, and on our local PBS station where our segment is to air this September.

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Fall Gardening

Fall Planting guide for the Chattanooga Area

Not only is Fall a beautiful time for our gardens, but it is an ideal time to get lots of things done in the garden! It is the optimal time to start planting bulbs that bloom in the Spring that need the opportunity to get rooted in, receive a good Winter chill before blooming….such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth. It is also the time to sow seeds for some favorite biennials such as Foxgloves and Hollyhocks and Lunaria “Silver Penny” that grow the first year and bloom and set seed the second. Also those of you into edibles will want to plant lettuce, rocket and kale and brassicas such as brussel sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower. Don’t forget it is a great time to plant most fruit trees which will not be stressed by bouts of Summer drought.

Most of all, as far as landscaping, this season is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs, and to transplant existing ones to new locations in the garden! Evergreens love to be planted and pruned in Fall months! Fall is also the best time to divide herbaceous perennials such as large clumps of hosta, peony and iris. It is also a good time to divide overgrown grasses and woody shrubs that need renovation. For guaranteed Winter color…. Start planting pansies and violas and of course ornamental kale and cabbages in planters or change-out beds!

There are many plants that bloom and look their best in the Fall. Please contact me to book my newest power point presentation “Designing for Fall Interest” for your garden club or group soon!Get in touch

Winter Landscape and Garden Design

Winter is here! Cool weather is arguably the best time to plant trees and shrubs, giving them ample time to get established so that they are ready to go by the Spring without a hitch. Winter is a great time to add the evergreen “bones” to your gardens as well as late season bloomers and trees with interesting bark color and textures… Don’t forget beautiful berries and food for wildlife… Also a great time to get your landscape design  worked on before we become swamped in the Spring!  Check out our Design Portfolio on the website and many of our Client Referrals here or on our profile. Remember that a “great garden” is a four season garden!


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