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Gardening for Smiles in May

Manitowoc, WI – May 2nd, 2014 - The Dramm Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality watering tools, is “Springing for Hope”. Each May, the Dramm Corporation will choose a non-profit organization and will donate financially to the organization. This year efforts will benefit the Free to Smile Foundation, with a portion of May’s retail sales going to Free to Smile.


Free to Smile is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio that provides free surgery to…


Added by Jessica Reinhardt on May 2, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

Recycled Plastic For Your Garden

Everywhere you turn, you hear people discussing the virtues of recycling. Personally, I am a huge fan of the "three R's"; recycle, reduce & reuse, or should I say "four R's", have to add my favorite, re-purpose. The environmentally conscious tell us we should avoid purchasing items made with plastic like…


Added by Backyard Getaway (Lisa Burns) on October 21, 2013 at 7:39am — No Comments

Drought Tolerant, Heat Loving Plants on "Home & Family Show" Deck Makeover!


I was assigned a deck garden makeover recently for the Hallmark daytime show,   "Home & Family" with Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines. 

If you like home and garden shows, you'll love this unique daytime show where all the guests are experts from this genre!


When I design a…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on March 14, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Video: Hellborus 'Fluffy Ruffles'

Co-owner and Hellebore breeder Chris' amazing double flowering Hellebore in a stunning array of colors for your shade perennial garden.

This new Helleborus is a double flowering type that has triple the amount of petals of common Helleborus. 

The breeder claims the plant is deer proof and drought proof.

I love the color and looks of the 'Fluffy Ruffles'…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on February 14, 2013 at 9:05am — No Comments

Fairy and Miniature Gardens on "Home & Family" Show, Hallmark Channel, Jan. 2 2013!

Hi Garden Center TV Friends!

Happy New Year!

Shirley Bovshow with a few of…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on January 1, 2013 at 6:04pm — No Comments

3 Fruit Trees for Small Spaced Yards and Patios

Growing your own food at home is a huge trend among gardeners but it  seems to stop short of growing your own fruit.

There's a misconception among newer gardeners that a large yard is required in order to grow and  enjoy a crisp apple, juicy orange or luscious…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on December 29, 2012 at 1:02pm — 8 Comments

Make a Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden: Beginner's Guide

There's no doubt about it, "Fairy" and "Miniature" gardens are strong trends in gardening today.

You can't read a garden magazine or browse Pinterest and Facebook without coming across these charming and very personal fairy and miniature themed gardens.

I made a video for my…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on December 15, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Sustainable Gardening

Everything we offer comes from the soil ( or the sea) and will happily biodegrade back to the earth when its job is down.

Nature wastes nothing, and we try to emulate her - that's why our trade mark is 'Nature's Natural Cycle' !

Added by Joe Collison on December 4, 2012 at 4:49am — 2 Comments

My Lazy Gardener, for watering and keeping roots toasty through the winter

I would like to introduce you to this product that just recently became available.

"My Lazy Gardener" is a unique product that warms plant root zones, aerates the soil and waters the plant all at the same time!

You haven't seen anything like this!

"My Lazy Gardener" is an ideal product for early and late season container gardening, seed starting and for tropical plant, especially tropical fruits like citrus, guava, and papaya.

The beauty of My Lazy…


Added by Mark Prescott on November 1, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Straw Bale Planters with Shirley Bovshow on "Home and Family" Show!

Do you want to learn how to make a straw bale raised planter?

Hi Friends!

I invite you to watch my appearance on the "Home and Family" show this week as I re-purpose a straw bale into a raised planter for herbs and greens!

The show airs on the …


Added by Shirley Bovshow on October 30, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sun-Loving Coleus and Gryphon Begonia Plants

There are some new, sun-loving coleus plants and  "Gryphon Begonias"  on the market now.

Are you a huge "foliage" plant fan?

Select, "Press Here" in the paragraph below and watch the video and express your opinion about the plants.…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on October 18, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Garden Center TV Posse at IGC Show in Chicago 2012!

The Garden Center TV posse of opinionated garden experts and bloggers are back from the IGC Show, (Independent Garden Center Show)where we taped last week.

We scoured the exhibit hall, encompassing over 210K…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on August 27, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Independent Garden Center Show 2012: Here We Come!

The Independent Garden Center Show will be the center of the garden industry universe next week, August 20-23, 2012 in Chicago!

I'm excited to be taping  new Garden Center TV videos with my posse of…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on August 15, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Fire Pit Doubles as Musical Water Fountain!

Here's an interesting way to extend the usefulness of a fire pit, by making it "moonlight" as a lighted, musical water fountain during the warm season.

Many patios have  fire pits, to use on cold weather nights.

On a hot night, however, the fire is rarely lit. 

Now, the same feature can double as a lighted, musical water fountain to add a unique entertainment feature for warm weather use!…


Added by Seth Miller on July 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Edible Flowers- Beyond Nasturtiums, Calendula and Violets

EDIBLE FLOWERS- Beyond Nasturtiums, Violas and Calendulas

Did you know Red Bud Tree flowers are edible... or Carnations... or the flowers on your Bean Vines?

Picture courtesy of…


Added by Cindy Meredith on June 30, 2012 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

"Double Duty Garden Decor" Phase I Ornamental Sprinklers!

So many garden products are designed to do one thing. Most people want their garden to look great so they install an irrigation system to help things grow. Most irrigation systems have significantly less than visual appeal. The little micro-sprayers are definitely not pretty, easily damaged when kicked or stepped on. Some sprinklers use dayglow colors, to help survive a stray foot, but only do one thing one way, spray water out away from the stationary head.

The original goal was to…


Added by Gary Hartz on June 28, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

How Plants Are Bred to Become "Proven Winners" Plants: Video


I was invited to tour one of the growing facilities for Proven Winners plants, in Bonsall, California at EuroAmerican Propagators to learn how their plants…

Added by Shirley Bovshow on June 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Strawberry Plants and Controlling Weeds


Strawberry plants and controlling weeds are an ongoing concern in the strawberry patch.

In order to give your strawberry plants a fighting chance against water-sucking, nutrition-hogging weeds, you must prepare your garden soil months in advance of planting!…


Added by Shirley Bovshow on June 18, 2012 at 9:37am — No Comments

Give a Terrarium as a Christmas Gift!

Wouldn't it be great to have a neat terrarium that you can build yourself, use as a centerpiece for the holidays, and enjoy all winter long?

How about sending one to someone you love? 

How about giving one to that child who needs something to do during the Christmas break?

A terrarium is a unique, "living gift" that will add style to any room it is in!…


Added by Enviro-Cakes on November 30, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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One of the most confusing subjects for new gardeners is soil, especially the "added value" kind of soil that you buy at the garden center. Isn't soil just dirt, cleaned up and packaged?   As a new gardener, I didn't know the difference between "planting mix" and "potting soil," and bought whatever was on sale. Dead plants were […]

Container Sizes For Growing Vegetables: Ask Shirley Garden Questions


Growing vegetables in containers makes growing food accessible to most people, even those without a yard. I answered gardening questions from viewers of the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel recently in my "Ask Shirley" gardening segment. Teresa Martin of Oklahoma wrote: I've seen container gardening and want to know how much dirt […]

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