Operating and Living in a Small Town – Outdoor Living Decisions

Small towns are frequently mischaracterized as having little to offer. Too often the image of small towns portrayed in our culture is antiquated, such as offering no social life, and no way to provide for a family. It is true that the allure of big cities and opportunities there have been a talent drain on …

Beyond the Green Thumb – Trees, Shrubs and Flowers

By Darnell Abbott Though the end of the gardening season can be bittersweet, I love winter gardening for many reasons. It just feels right that the plant world gets to take a rest. Sometimes, I think I can hear the trees, shrubs and perennials breathe a collective sigh of relief that winter is here and …

Beyond the Green Thumb – Fall is Your Best Friend for a Beautiful Lawn and Landscape

Everyone is familiar with the term “green thumb,” and at our garden center, I constantly hear people say they do not have a green thumb. However, I believe that the secret to gardening success, or having a “green thumb,” really boils down to two things: a “green brain” and a “green back.” For a beautiful …

Designing Balance – Outdoor Living Decisions

By Joe Wilkerson, Maplehurst Outdoor Living Great outdoor spaces are a harmony of elements. Usually in a backyard, one element anchors the project. If we are not careful, we neglect the attention needed on the complementary details that finish the project and “wow” guests. Stepping back from that patio or pool you have dreamed about …

Shedding light on your Outdoors

Outdoor Living Decisions Expanding our homes into the outdoors is one of the key motivators to most of our projects, but our often-hectic lives today limit us to just a few hours to enjoy our homes and backyards. We are drawn back indoors soon after the sun sets seeking light to wrap up our day. …

Beyond the Green Thumb – Green Brain/Green Back for Vegetable Gardening Success

By Darnell Abbott Vegetable gardening can be one of the most rewarding endeavors; growing your own food is extremely satisfying. Vegetable gardening offers many benefits: Superior taste and nutrition Exercise and fresh air Wonderful way to introduce children to the wonders of nature Saving money Seasoned gardeners already know what is necessary for a successful …