Category Archives: Trees and shrubs

Espalier – Living Sculptures

Introduction Espalier (pronounced “es-PAL-yer” or “es-PAL-yay”) is a horticultural technique used to train plants to grow against a supportive structure such as a fence, trellis, or wall in order to…

Winter Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring

One distinct challenge about living in Alaska is making the landscape appealing in the winter. Deciduous shrubs lose their leaves, there’s very little color, and everything is covered by a…

Pollinator on Primula

Book Review: Perennial Gardening “Easy to Follow Guide, Plant once and enjoy your plants, flowers, shrubbery, and vegetables forever” – Susan Hollister

I purchased and read this book for the assignment from Alaska UAF Master Gardening class.  It is applicable to my garden where I try to only plant perennials; and hopefully…

Gardening in Alaska just got cooler with “Cool Plants for Cold Climates” by Brenda C. Adams

Are you new to gardening in Alaska? Are you often overwhelmed by all of the possibilities when trying to select annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs? Do you enjoy spending winter…

Hare damaged apple tree

Hare today, Gone tomorrow: Grafting to Replace Apple Trees Decimated by Hares.

The hare population seems to be booming in Fairbanks. This winter, some hares were able to walk right over the fences and completely girdle some fruit trees by eating the…

All in the Family: Propagating a unique variety of Colorado Blue Spruce from cuttings

My father-in-law is a long time wholesale nursery owner in Oregon.  He learned the trade from his nurseryman uncle, who also inspired the Waconda Blue, a variety of the Colorado blue…