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The most beautiful garden ever, located in Seville’s Alcazar

The best gardens are the gardens that complement their surroundings. A ranch house might look just “wrong” with a formal hedge garden, but some homes need that formal look. You may have a home that has an area that is just perfect for this formality. Picture yourself sitting at a glass-topped table having a morning cup of coffee, listening to a little outdoor fountain surrounded by a room-like hedge.

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Lasagna gardening with speakers Phyllis Smith and Ann Bares, with help from butt

We can thank Master Gardener team leaders Toni Clark, Tony Lucenti, Cecil Hightower, Jerry Jobe, Melissa Starr, Dorothy Norris, Diane Davis, Penny Gilfillian, Phyllis Smith Stellina Reid, Joyce Logan, Carolyn Barras and many more for this years very successful Annual Fall Plant Sale.

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Who doesn’t like a delicious eggplant parmesan brimming with hot, bubbly cheese and marinara sauce? Made from your own homegrown eggplant and tomatoes, of course. It’s not as difficult as you might think to have your own patch of eggplant at easy reach in the backyard.

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Pick up your telephone and pre-register for the Urban Fruit Tree Workshop. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to learn from the best. The workshop is sponsored by the Texas Agri-Life Extension Agency. Look for the group at 1225 Pearl St., No. 200, Beaumont (corner of Franklin and Pearl).

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Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long-term beauty to your garden.

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Under an asparagus fern’s ‘delicate’ mound of bright green are tiny thorns.

When is a fern not a fern? Well, we all call this plant “asparagus fern,” but no, it’s not actually a fern at all. You can count on this plant with cascading foliage to be super hardy, green and lush even through our summers of relentless heat.

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It was amusing to see a website entitled Dummies.com. One of their many subjects covered planting a window box container garden. We all love container gardening whether we have an apartment, patio home or a few acres. You can picture that most perfect window box garden if you just close your eyes. You imagine a well-tended home with decorative boxes under the windows with dozens of colorful plants just spilling out over the sides. Those lovely flowers and trailing ivy just give a home so much personality.

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onions

I don’t know about you, but I would really miss onions if they weren’t around. They are so great at adding flavor and punch to cooked dishes, and crunch and zest in their natural state. Raw or cooked, you can have your choice from a small group of “alliums,” or members of a family that include onions, garlic and chives.

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the common daisy

There are few flowers that say “summer” and “American” like the daisy. Daisies are a super huge family with some blooms just for beauty and some blooms that you may decide to use in your kitchen.

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Have you ever tried to grow apples? Yes, it is possible. Do a little research and find the species of apple that will grow well here.

If you have tried to grow apples, you learned that you may have some competition from friendly birds and bugs and other pests. An interesting body of research has been underway at Cornell University Extension Service to experiment with ways to make our apple trees more “fruitful.”

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