Category Archives: Plants

Creating a Moss Labyrinth

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by Pat Butler With limited relatively flat ground, we managed to create the labyrinth with just enough width for walking and added a stump for sitting.  We began it 3 years ago, collecting moss from our yard and from friends with wooded and wild areas.  One Bradford Pear did not survive the gentle grass removal and we have replaced it… Read more »

The Tater Tree Project by Pam Barron

Pam and Larry Barron loved the very old, large cherry tree in their back yard. The piece of barbed wire fence through the middle of it gave the tree extra character. But one night after dark, the tree dropped a very large limb into their yard, barely missing their neighbor’s fence. That was when they first realized the tree was… Read more »

Cuttings, Your Pathway to Plant Propagation by Roger Simpson*

Knowing how to propagate plants from cuttings is one of the most useful skills anyone interested in plants can have. With it, a gardener gains the ability to grow plants without any cost except time and effort. The advantages of taking cuttings are many; it is cheap and convenient, large plants are much quicker to get from cuttings than from… Read more »

Black Medic

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Bl;ack Medic_Medicago_lupulina Forest & Kim Starr CC License

by Colette Mancke Have you ever wondered if that weed you are looking at is a clover plant? At first it appears like clover with 3 leaves but it spreads all over and has yellow flowers. It is called Black Medic (Medicago lupulina). It often colonizes dry infertile spots or areas of soil compaction where little else will grow. At first… Read more »

Gatlinburg Post-Fire Planting Guide

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If you are wondering about how to go about recovering and restoring the devastation to plants and animals alike after the devastation of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg caused by the recent fires,  the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council & Tennessee Native Plant Society have teamed up to create a brochure that will help.  The fire destroyed many of the native plants that provide shelter and food for… Read more »

April 22, 2017 SCAMGA Annual Flower and Garden Show and Sale

Mark the date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 for the 12th Annual SCAMGA Flower and Garden Show and Sale presented by the University of Tennessee Extension Service and the Sevier County Area Master Gardeners Association. Rain or Shine, it’s inside!  Proceeds of the event support Master Gardeners’ programs including 4-H Club, UT Intern scholarships, community service projects and educational programs. Many vendors… Read more »

Common Butterflies

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As you are working out in your yard this spring, keep an eye out for these butterflies common to our area by Glenna Julian & Lois Worthington. Glenna and Lois will be presenting the following topics at the 2016 Wilderness Wildlife Week at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN this week. Thursday: 9 – 10 AM: Swallowtail & Fritillary Butterflies: Glenna… Read more »

Hot Peppers

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Habanero Peppers

By Roger Simpson (1947-2015) People who raise and eat hot peppers are a subculture of their own. Even within pepper heads, there are those who pride themselves on only eating the hottest peppers. This article will attempt to explain to ordinary folks the differences between varieties of these old and useful plants. As with most of our food plants, the… Read more »

Know Your Invasive Plants – English Ivy

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Mature English Ivy leavies

Know your Invasive Plants-English Ivy By Roger Simpson As time goes by our understanding grows larger of what is an invasive plant. And along with this, our list of what plants are invasive grows also. This is the case with English Ivy. Until recently it was one of the most common ground covers. It was considered valuable for covering walls,… Read more »