Category Archives: Horticulture

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 »