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Join Backyard Bird Count Feb. 15-18!

February 7, 2013 by Bonnie Helander  
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Each year in February for a four-day period, people across the country and around the world take some time to count the birds they see in backyards, parks, woods, wetlands or anywhere you find our feathered friends. It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day or you can count as long as [...]

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Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights Up the Skyline for the Holidays

November 27, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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It’s time to start a new holiday tradition and bring your whole family to Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights – Holiday Nights, where you can wander through a 30-acre fantasy land of over a million lights. The light show runs through January 5th and will get more crowded as we get closer to Christmas. My [...]

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Designing with Containers: Think Outside the Pot!

September 14, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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As the weather cools and you get outside in your garden again, consider where you need a focal point to liven up an empty or monochromatic space. Containers are a great way to add a pop of color or an interesting shape, texture or style to the garden scene – and you don’t even need [...]

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Farm-to-Table Fresh Veggie Recipes

June 29, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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Check out the July issue of Fayette Woman for my article on the new and thriving community garden in Peachtree City. Two of my favorite people are giving leadership to this exciting endeavor – Tricia Stearns and Larry Dove. In the article, I highlighted some of Larry’s favorite fresh veggie recipes.  Below, I have a [...]

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Enjoy Senoia: Spot Zombies and Tour Southern Living Home 2012

June 6, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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I just got back from a delightful day in Senoia. This lovely historic town is jumpin’ right now between the recent opening of the Southern Living Idea Home and frantic set construction before filming begins on season three of The Walking Dead. The new Southern Living Idea Home is a restoration of an old farmhouse. [...]

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Hydrangeas for the Southern Garden

May 17, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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There is no more quintessential southern shrub than the hydrangea. It is a beloved old-fashioned plant that graced our grandmothers’ gardens.  Back in the day, nothing said “summer” like the large brilliant mophead flowers in pink and blue that bloomed one time but lasted for weeks. Today, with reblooming cultivars available on the market, the [...]

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DIY Garden Art – Cement Leaf Casting

May 17, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add some unique art pieces to your inside and outside space, then this project is for you! Local artist and master gardener Jan Fruit took me step-by-step through the process of making cement leaf castings. The finished pieces can be used as wall plaques, [...]

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Fayette Master Gardeners Host Annual Plant Sale and Garden Tour

April 15, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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Local master gardeners always appreciate a good rain but are really hoping that on Saturday, May 5th, there will be blue skies and sunny weather for their annual plant sale and garden tour. The plant sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m. or until the plants are all sold! This much-anticipated event [...]

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Tips to Make Your Own Custom Floral Arrangements

March 6, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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Spring in just around the corner and blooms will soon be busting out all over! By learning a few simple design tips, you can use the greenery and flowers in your own garden to create custom displays that will look amazing and cost next to nothing! In March, members of the Peachtree City Garden Club [...]

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Smart and Green Gardening Resolutions for 2012

January 12, 2012 by Bonnie Helander  
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Even if you don’t make (or keep) New Year’s Resolutions, I know you are interested in living smarter and saving money. As you consider ways to make small changes in your life, don’t forget to review your gardening practices. “Greener” gardening can save time and money and lets you enjoy your landscape while doing your [...]

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PTC Garden Club Shows Off Holiday Centerpieces from the Garden

December 16, 2011 by Bonnie Helander  
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The Peachtree City Garden Club held its annual Christmas Brunch on December 15 and club members decorated the tables with eye-popping centerpieces created from natural elements in their gardens. Take a look at these festive and fun centerpieces and get inspired to design your own holiday focal points with greenery from your outside space. It’s [...]

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Create a Holiday Mailbox Display with Garden Greenery

December 9, 2011 by Bonnie Helander  
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The holidays are upon us! I am sure, like me, you are looking for creative ways to celebrate the season while saving money. Kay Gorman, the vivacious owner of Le Fleur Florist and Design in Senoia, showed me how to put together a stunning mailbox decoration using plants from the garden and a few Christmas [...]

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