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Featured Article

Drinking Water Keep Cool in the Heat

It’s getting hot(ter) out there – you and your garden need to play it safe. If you have to go outside, be careful and stay cool!

Featured Project

Tomato, Garlic and Basil Cool Meals for Hot Days

Who wants to slave over a hot stove in summer? Try these easy, tasty recipes that turn up the flavor without turning up the heat.

Featured Plant

Vinca ‘Cooler Rose’

This popular bedding plant is heat- and drought-tolerant, but when planted in sunny beds, borders or containers it’s just cool!
Eventful Activities for a Fun Summer
Dani in the Garden Teaching in Your Backyard Classroom

School’s out for summer, but there’s an amazing classroom just outside your door! Help your children grow a love for gardening and nature by working together outside. (They might even gain a new appreciation for art and science!) Learn how to transform your garden into a terrific teaching tool.
Ride at Fair Fun Times at the Fair

Have a blue-ribbon kind of day! State and county fairs promise fun-filled times for all ages. With tasty treats, winning produce, plants, animals, entertainment and more, there’s truly something there for everyone. Make a day of it, and you and your family will have more than just a “fair” time!
Regional Gardening Tips

Plant Hotspot

Check out what plants our Learn2Grow members are learning more about today:

  • Tall verbena is an easy-care, short-lived perennial that blooms all summer and takes the heat.
  • Date palm bears feathery fronds all year and offers dangling clusters of sweet, delicious dates in summer.
  • Polka dot plant is a tender perennial used as an annual with brightly-dotted leaves for constant interest.

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Creatively Capture Your Garden
Painting Garden on Canvas

Claude Monet had his waterlilies. Dr. Mark A. Miller has his flowers in a blue vase. The art of gardening doesn’t have to end when your plants do – take it from this painting horticulturist!
Shasta Daisy Garden Photography

Capture the splendor of your favorite plants to enjoy year-round by taking pictures of them at their peak. Learn some great photo-taking tips before your plants are ready for their close-ups!
Homemade Paper Garden-Inspired…Write On!

Turn old paper into creative, textured stationery decorated with plant material. This fun, simple project is a great craft to do with the kids (and definitely something to write home about)!
Purple Flowers Garden in a Journal

Turn a plain notebook into a handy garden memento that helps you keep track of your growing successes and failures. Noting what grows – and what doesn’t – makes green thumbs greener!