It’s not easy to enjoy summer outdoors when you’re getting bitten up by mosquitoes. I’ve created an all-natural mosquito repellent that takes a few simple ingredients and a couple of minutes to throw together. It’s all-natural, so it’s bad for the bugs but good for you! Read more
They’re not called the “dog days of summer” for nothing. Sometimes it’s too hot for your dog to do anything but lie around. I have a few simple rules for making sure your dog enjoys the summer. Read more
Local artist Diana Shearon will host a plein air painting workshop at Moss Mountain Farm on Friday, October 20.
Diana is a full-time fine artist who draws inspiration from nature. She has grown to love painting outdoors, and the majority of her landscapes are paintings are painted on site. The combination of Diana’s rural background and abstract realism approach to land scenes has awarded her exhibitions with high acclaim and recognition across the region.
We talked to Diana to find out what participants can expect during the workshop at Moss Mountain Farm. Read more
Join P. Allen Smith for the Grand Garden Show on Mackinac Island, hosted by Proven Winners. Allen will host a cocktail reception on Monday, August 28 and will lead a demonstration and presentation on Tuesday, August 29, sharing tips on garden design and creating art in the garden.
You’ll take home fresh ideas from keynote presenters and the morning inspirational garden sessions. At the end of the day, unwind with five-course dinners in style. You can view the full schedule of events here.
This multi-day hands-on learning experience takes place on scenic Mackinac Island, which is a step back in time. No cars here. Only horses and buggies for getting around if not traveling on foot.
From this page, you can learn more and register for the Grand Garden Show.
It’s hard not to be mesmerized by James Hayes’ work. He is an Arkansas native who uses nature as inspiration for his blown glass art. We are honored to have him at Moss Mountain Farm this week for a lunch tour. Read more
Gardening can have such a positive impact on your health. Just being outside in nature is great for mental clarity. Gardening helps keep blood pressure down and is good for the heart. It’s also a great stress reliever.
Then there are the secondary health benefits from growing your own food, like saving money at the grocery store on organic produce. Read more
This warm weather has me thinking about the beach. Not the sea and sand, variety, though. I’m talking about this Bahama Beach combination from Proven Winners. This gorgeous container planting was inspired by the bold colors of a Caribbean beach.
Creating Your Bahama Beach Container
To create your own planting, combine Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunia hybrid, Superbells® Lemon Slice™ Calibrachoa, and Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia. Not only will you have a beautiful, heat-tolerant combination but these plants also attract butterflies and hummin
gbirds. Who doesn’t want more of those little guys in the garden?
Here’s what I love about the flowers in this combination.
- Supertunia® Bordeaux™– They won’t get leggy or break open, and they won’t suffer from the balding effect in the middle of a planting. No deadheading is needed. As my friends at Proven Winners say, “They bury their own.” The light purple bloom with the deep purple center make it perfect for just about any combination. And what’s even better is they’re both heat and cold tolerant.
- Superbells® Lemon Slice™ Calibrachoa – This little “slice” of heaven is low maintenance, and you may have guessed, it, no deadheading needed. It’s a perfect color annual, in my opinion, with the yellow and white pinwheel pattern. They do best in containers with well-drained soil. I like to use them in window boxes and hanging containers.
- Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia – I’m not one to pick favorites, but I do love the color blue. This has to be the best heat-tolerant lobelia on the market. In my very Southern garden, I can grow this gorgeous sky blue flower. They’re so perky and bright. I like to plant extras of these to make sure the blue color shines through all summer.
I think we all love to make a great first impression. When it comes to our homes, the entryway and porch are usually the spaces guests encounter first. I use SunPatiens to create inviting spaces. After all, the porch is the first room of the house, as I see it.