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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

8 1/2 Steps to DIY Landscapes

You moved to the area and bought a new home. The front yard package included a tree, three shrubs, and a boulder, and the back yard is a blank slate. The front yard is often dull at best, and the back is nothing but mud in the monsoon rains; where does anyone start? There are

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

9 Flowers Hummingbirds Can’t Resist

Lisa and I were sitting in the front courtyard this week watching the antics of ‘our’ hummingbirds. They were enjoying water from the fountains and sipping nectar from the 30+ pots of flowers. Yes, all the flower color, sparkling water, and fresh air were compiled for a romantic getaway in our own front yard. We

Arts & Culture

Art Opening at Bashford Courts: The Essence of Art

Eagle Lady Design Studio will host the opening of local artist and colorist,  Dianne Crowther’s installation at Bashford Court this Saturday (5/15) from 12pm to 6pm. Ms. Crowther is a nationally known art teacher and her works have been published in numerous art publications.  The  show will feature 35 of the artist’s recent paintings and will

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Flowers for Backyard Parties that Fight Back Insects

Bugs wreak havoc on flowers leaving frustrated gardeners to ponder whether to fight back with chemical pesticides, organic poultices, or angry machete chops. However, even if you’ve lost the battle with bugs this season, you can win the war by planting flowers that insects find unpalatable. These flowers naturally repel insects due to soapy sap,

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

8 Colorful Plants for Hanging Baskets

Because most hanging planters are suspended at eye level, sometimes higher, not all flowers are ideal. Many upright plants, especially those with flowers at the top, don’t look great when viewed from this angle. For hanging baskets and the edge container gardens, the best options are plants that look good naturally when viewed from the

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

2021 Garden Trends You’ll See at the Garden Center

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, 2020 was an unprecedented year, to say the least. Despite the COVID-induced problems, stay at home orders created a massive demand for gardening. An estimated 18 million new gardeners entered the category nationwide in 2020. That trend is expected to continue and grow in 2021. In Prescott, Watters

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