Dave's Garden is the hands-down favorite website of gardeners around the world. Our articles and videos show you how to start seeds and learn how to have your best garden ever. Members can chat with other gardeners in our 216 forums, and identify your plants, pests, birds and butterflies. Here's what's happening right now in Dave's Garden...
In full bloom a bridal wreath spirea looks like a fountain, pouring clusters of white flowers all the way down its arching canes in spring, often before the leaves appear. When cut, those canes can easily be shaped into bridal headdresses, explaining their name. Non-nuptial types of spirea, on the other hand, fashion their clusters at the ends of their stems, bloom in summer and fall, and come in colors other than white.
National Arbor Day is April 25 and the day honors the role trees play in our world. John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, might be known for his tree planting and conservation focus in the 1700s, but Julius Sterling Morton should be considered as the Father of Trees and Arbor Day.
I don't live in the South unless you consider South Dakota as "south". "Passalong" does share stories of many of the plants... Read more »
With almost 500,000 members, Dave's Garden is an amazing resource for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. Inside, you'll find over 250 forums dedicated to every type of home and gardening topic you can think of.
From annuals and bonsai trees to vegetable gardening and winter sowing; from tips on seeds and planting to advice on regional gardening, this is a gold mine of friendly advice and knowledge shared by experienced gardeners from around the world.
Since 2000, we've grown to be a comprehensive gardening community with discussion forums for every hobby, home and garden topic you can imagine. Our members are knowledgeable about soil, weather, watering, and just about every kind of plant and insect. On behalf of all our members, we are glad you came to visit, and we hope you will stop by again soon!
0000: Today's Hortiscope: If you discover a four-leaf clover, be careful how you preserve it. You don't want to press your luck.
1500: Pedro Alvarez Cabral, Portuguese explorer, discovered Brazil while trying to find a western route to the Indies.
1661: Georg Joseph Kamel, German botanist, was born in Brno, Moravia (now Czech Republic.) He would botanize in the Philippines as a Jesuit missionary to the islands; the genus Camellia is named for him.
1818: Humphry Repton, English landscape designer, was born in Bury St. Edmonds. He would propose his ideas to his clients in a "red book" (for their binding) showing illustrated overlays of the before and after views.
1838: John Muir, explorer and naturalist was born in Dunbar, Scotland. His family immigrated to the U.S.; Muir would go on to explore much of western America and travel to Cape Town, South Africa.
1841: Charles Sprague Sargent, American botanist, was born. he would become the first director of the Arnold Arboretum. He teamed up with Frederick Law Olmstead on several projects and influenced conservation efforts in the forests of the Catskills and Adirondacks. Many plants are named in his honor.
1897: Emily Lovira Gregory, American botanist, died at the age of 56. She was the first American woman to hold a PhD in botany, which she received from the University of Zurich. She was the first female professor at Barnard College in New York, where she headed the botany department until her death.
2005: Oregon declared the pear its official state fruit.