Looking back on Christmas Traditions

As I wind down my time as the Garden Guru, I’m looking back at some of the articles I’ve written for the holidays. These are some of my favorite articles I’ve written over the years. From talking about the Norse legend that gives us kissing under the mistletoe, to the pagan roots of Christmas trees, the controversy of the Christmas cactus impostors and waxing nostalgic … Continue reading Looking back on Christmas Traditions

Give the gift of local food flavors for the holidays

Stuck on what to get someone for a great holiday gift? Need a host or hostess gift or something to send to a friend out of state? How about giving a taste of the Mountain State? The local food industry and small farms seem to be booming, so it is easier than ever to give great local tastes for the holidays or include them in … Continue reading Give the gift of local food flavors for the holidays

Decorate for the holidays with natural elements

Now that we’ve consumed millions of turkeys, waited in line to buy things, shopped at small businesses and bought even more stuff online from the comfort of our homes, many people turn their attention to bedecking their halls to bring about the spirit of the holidays. Bright colors, knick-knacks and sparkly things are all part of the great holiday festooning. But you’ll notice, in large … Continue reading Decorate for the holidays with natural elements

Simplify the Holidays: Give the Gift of Gardening

The clock is ticking down the days, hours, and minutes to the celebration of Christmas. Hanukkah has come and gone. Kwanzaa will make an appearance, as well as the Solstice, Yule, and Saturnalia. And we can’t forget the New Year. There’s lots of celebrating going on this time of year, and lots of opportunities for giving gifts. Perhaps it is a little Charlie Brown-ish of … Continue reading Simplify the Holidays: Give the Gift of Gardening

Think local and homemade food for holiday gifts

Now that we are in the season of giving, what do you give the person who has everything? Or how about someone you know little about? Or the host or hostess who has invited you to a celebration? I’m a person who likes to think about the gifts that I give people. I’m not a big fan of gift cards or those ready-made gift sets … Continue reading Think local and homemade food for holiday gifts