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As we approach the season of giving, we’re sharing a few ideas that help you give back to the environment as well as support local wildlife—and even a way for your garden to give back to you! Plus, don’t miss next week’s webinar with David Culp. Register today!

Rain Garden

With many of us predicted to get above average rainfall this fall and winter, creating a rain garden can be a great way to harness some of that storm water runoff and put it to work. You don’t need a large drainage swale like the one pictured here—even a small sunken area within a bed or border can be beneficial (see the rain garden profile below). Read more on how to integrate a rain garden into your outdoor space. Photo by Rob Cardillo.

Also see more than 20 of our favorite rain garden plants.


Rebecca Sweet's rain garden
Creating a Rain Garden—Before & After
from Rebecca Sweet, Harmony in the Garden

Landscape designer Rebecca Sweet took on the challenge of solving a problem in her own garden—tackling an area where water collects and then runs through her property “straight down to the street where it is wasted.” See, step-by-step, how she designed and planted a beautiful garden with plants that are suited to the area (wet in winter, dry in summer), as well as provide year-round interest and benefit pollinators. 

Plus: Need a speaker for your next garden club, master gardeners association, or horticultural event? Rebecca has a variety of topics that will inspire, entertain, and educate gardeners of all levels. See a complete list of topics and watch a short video from Rebecca. 


Orange and yellow parrot tulip

Elevate your spring garden with the timeless elegance of tulips. For added interest, plant flamboyant Parrot Tulips and bask in the beauty of these striking blooms. With full, frilly flowers and bright streaks of color, parrot tulips will quickly become the jewel of your garden. Plant your tulip bulbs in the fall in full sun to partial shade. For more information, visit FlowerBulbs.com.


David Culp Webinar photos
WEBINAR: Holidays In & Out of the Garden
with David Culp, Brandywine Cottage
Thursday, November 16 @ 6PM EST*

Join us on Thursday, November 16th, for an exciting online gardening webinar with David Culp. He’s back to discuss ways to celebrate the holiday season, in and out of your garden, with fall and winter tabourets and wreaths, growing bulbs indoors, and even some of his favorite garden-inspired recipes. David will also share his secrets on enjoying each step of the decorating process and making sure his garden is a winter haven for birds and other wildlife—all accompanied by the stunning photography by Rob Cardillo.

Don’t miss this chance to elevate your holiday season with the one and only David Culp. 

*Can’t attend live? All registrants receive access to the recording.

Ilex verticilata 'Berry Poppins' in winter

As temperatures—and leaves—drop in colder climates, food and shelter can become harder to find for wildlife. At the same time, warm-climate gardeners can find themselves hosting new visitors that have migrated their way south. Make sure you’re doing your part to help by including some of these plants in your garden. Pictured: Berry Poppins® winterberry holly from Proven Winners.

Even when they are dormant, our gardens support all kinds of living creatures.” – Susan Martin


Dividing Alliums: When & How - Video

See how Heather Blackmore from @heatherhereshegrows gets her garden to give back when she shares her hassle-free method for dividing ‘Millennium’ allium bulbs in the fall. Watch as she uses a hori-hori knife and transplanting shovel to dig, lift, divide, and replant.

The cool thing about ornamental onion: It’s super resilient. You don’t have to be precious with it, they’re going to be just fine.” —Heather.