Here are some tips on caring for holiday poinsettias

One of the symbols of Christmas that we enjoy is the colorful poinsettia. The tradition had its beginning in 1825, when Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saw the plant growing wild near Taxco, Mexico. Dr. Poinsett collected 16 plants, which he brought back to his home in Greenville, South Carolina. He soon gave…

Hollies are the king of evergreens in the South

It’s hard to imagine a holiday season without evergreens. It’s even harder to imagine a landscape without evergreens. After all, as the English say, they give bones to the landscape design. And there’s certainly no more important time to have good bones and good design than during the bleak, starkness of winter. Although an entire landscape

Get the most from your holiday plants; care for them properly

GREG GRANT, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Two of my favorite plants as a child were a white Christmas cactus that Marie Daly gave me a start of and the Dutch amaryllis my mom would get for me each Christmas. And of course, what child doesn’t love a Christmas tree? Getting plants is easy. Looking after them is another matter. Always

Master Gardeners' cookbook, calendar make great gifts

Are you looking for a gift for a gardening friend? Or do you need a gift for your hairdresser or your child’s teacher? The Smith County Master Gardeners have two great ideas for you. The 2017 Northeast Texas Gardening Guide and Calendar is now available for area gardeners. Written by the Smith County Master Gardeners, the calendar provides a

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