Beekman Arboretum Spring 2017 Clean-Up – by Becka Kem

With the days feeling a bit longer and the temperatures getting warmer, there are noticeable changes outside. The white blossoms of the snowdrops have been replaced with the bright yellow daffodils. The trees are beginning to bud and breathe color into the wooded landscape. Birds are chattering as if there is much to do. New […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Community, Event News, Garden, Now|0 Comments

The Little Mason Bee and Me – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – March 2017

At first I thought they were flies. Tiny, black, wings. Two of them I found legs-up in the windowsill. They were swept away with nary a thought. Until I saw another one on the floor. The dustbuster was poised to devour this third creature when something caught my eye. Movement. […]

The Importance of Proper Drainage – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – March 2017

With wet weather having soaked Southern Oregon for a couple of months now, the topic of proper drainage should be on everyone’s mind. Many of my neighbors in Jacksonville ended-up buying sump pumps and extra hoses, in an effort to keep way too much rain water at […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Your Landscape|0 Comments

Ground Covers to Keep Bambi Out of Shade Gardens – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – March 2017

“Everything in the forest has its season. Where one thing falls, another grows.
Maybe not what was there before, but something new and wonderful all the same.”
~Felix Salten, Bambi, A Life in the Woods, 1923

Twenty years before Walt Disney produced what has become a classic animated film, […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – March 2017

*March 4th, 10:00am, Natural Pruning-—Everything does not need to be ‘mushroomed’ when pruning. Join Eric, our expert pruner, for this informative class on achieving a natural, healthy look with your shrubs and small trees. Let your plants natural beauty shine through! Landscapers: this class qualifies for 2 hours of CEH credit. Registration fee $15. 10% […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden|0 Comments

Wanted: Jackson County Master Recyclers

2017 Training Course Now Enrolling

JACKSON COUNTY OR – Become a Master Recycler in 2017! Jackson County Recycling Partnership is now seeking residents of Jackson County to take part in the annual training course and volunteer service program. Participants gain a broad understanding of home waste prevention strategies, the local solid waste infrastructure, hazardous waste avoidance, […]

By | February 21st, 2017|Community, Garden, Now|0 Comments

Let Us Sow Some Lettuce This Month – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – February 2017

I eat a lot of salad, so I derive particular pleasure from growing some of the lettuces I consume. There are so many varieties to choose from: crispheads, butterheads, looseleafs and Romaines, not to mention fancy designer greens such as endive and arugula.

In fact, all of our modern lettuces (Lactuca […]

By | January 31st, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

There’s No Place Like a Neonicotinoid-free Home – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – February 2017

Jacksonville was bursting with magic that brisk December evening. White lights and pine swags, staples of a vintage Christmas, on each door and window beckoned passersby indoors for cozy warmth. The scent of holiday charm filled the air.

I walked into old city hall, sat, and anxiously waited to deliver my […]

By | January 31st, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Thy Pollineighbor|0 Comments

Master Food Preservers: 2017 Volunteer Training Series

We invite you to a ten-class learning adventure in food preservation arts. Students learn how to prepare garden produce for preserving, the ins and outs of food preservation equipment, and a host of other skills! Including, how to water-bath and pressure-can safely and efficiently; preparing fruits; vegetables, herbs, and snacks in a dehydrator; making delicious […]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Community, Garden, Now|0 Comments

Keep Gardening All Winter by Growing Plants Indoors – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – December 2016/January 2017

“At Christmas, I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s newfangled mirth; But like each thing that in season grows.”
–  William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labor Lost,” 1598

Oh, Willy, lighten up! Growing flowering plants in winter keeps gardeners gardening and brightens up our […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Busy Bees Thriving – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – December 2016/January 2017

In October, two girlfriends swept me away to a swank resort in Arizona for an early milestone (more like mileboulder) birthday celebration. I felt loved and pampered. Miravel offers top-notch service with fine accommodations and accoutrements tending to all of life’s comforts. Evening landscapes are replete with stunning high-desert […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Thy Pollineighbor|4 Comments

Fall for Pollinators – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – November 2016

He looked like something out of the cartoons, a dazzling green blubbery caricature of himself. Given his lazy, lumbering gait, this little guy was in no hurry to get to his destination.

I inspected him closely, intrigued by his suction cup feet, the wrinkles in the fern-green folds of his skin, […]

By | October 30th, 2016|Garden, Love Thy Pollineighbor|0 Comments

Autumn is for Layering – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – November 2016

“Using the proper layering techniques is essential for providing necessary warmth and comfort during the chilly days of fall and winter.”  ~ Miss Rich, fashionista and blogger, January 2013

When I moved to Southern Oregon from Hawaii six years ago, I didn’t own a pair of closed-toed shoes, let alone a […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Jacksonville Garden Club 2016 Holiday Greens Pre-Sale

Order Early for Great Selection!

The Jacksonville Garden Club is now taking pre-paid orders for beautiful holiday table arrangements, swags and baskets in a variety of sizes. On several days in late November, Jacksonville Garden Club members will be busy applying their artistic talents to freshly-gathered boughs, evergreens, cones and bows to make the arrangements, which […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Garden, Now|0 Comments

Symposium Set to Fuel Winter Gardening Dreams – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – October 2016

“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in fall is missing the best part of the whole year, for gardening begins in January with the dream.” ~ Josephine Nuese, “The Country Garden,” 1970

For some gardeners, wintertime means growing cold weather crops or enriching garden soil with cover […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Jacksonville to Become the Most Bee-Friendly Town in Southern Oregon? – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – October 2016

I was walking downtown one bright mid-July afternoon and came upon a bee in the middle of 3rd Street. She was on her back spinning frenetically. I reached down and as her little legs grasped my pinky, I wondered, “Was she battling the residual effects of a recent mosquito spray?” […]

By | September 30th, 2016|Garden, Love Thy Pollineighbor|0 Comments

When Less is More: Tips for Garden Watering – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – September 2016

“Water is the vehicle of Nature.” ~Leonardo da Vinci, “Codex Atlanticus” c.a. 1600

The great “Renaissance Man,” Leonardo da Vinci, was obsessed with water. Over and over again he drew water—flowing, falling, whirling, raging, destroying. Da Vinci’s series of black and white sketches, called “The Deluge,” depicts a torrential apocalypse, perhaps […]

By | August 31st, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

A Gardener’s Take on Shakespeare – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – August 2016

Here’s flowers for you;
Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram;
The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun
And with him rises weeping: these are flowers
Of middle summer, and I think they are given
To men of middle age.
 ~ William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, 1609

Every summer, my husband, Jerry, and I attend a […]

By | July 26th, 2016|Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Garcia’s “Lavandula” is Lovely

Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl Garcia is no stranger to creating alluring, larger-than-life metal flowers. Her famous poppies dotting the vineyards east of town may be seen on a daily basis by passerby’s as can her giant Fritillaria sculpture gracing the entrance to the Britt Festival grounds. This year, Cheryl has outdone herself with “Lavandula,” a […]

By | June 29th, 2016|Art News & Events, Garden, Now|0 Comments

My Lavender Kitchen – by Sue Owen

My first memories of lavender are associated with my English maternal grandmother—as her signature perfume, yes—but also as a tiny muslin bag full of this sweet-smelling plant which I used to sleep with, tucked into my pillow. I remember sitting on the garden wall as a child and making pretty little bags and weaving lavender […]

By | June 29th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden|0 Comments

How Plants Deal with Heat – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – July 2016

“Heat, ma’am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.”
~ Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith, 1856

Reverend Sydney Smith (1771-1845) was an English humorist and writer who became a clergyman because […]

By | June 29th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

“Artist and Gardener” Now Open

Artist and Gardener, a new shop in Jacksonville, is a collaborative effort—between a gardener with a love of nature, plants, flowers and animals—joined by an artist that loves to draw and paint them! In the middle is a natural love for antiques and home furnishings. The shop also represents other artists, including painters, jewelry designers, […]

By | June 28th, 2016|Art News & Events, Garden, Now|1 Comment

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes: How to Preserve Your Tomato Harvest

The Jackson County Master Food Preservers presents Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes: How to Preserve Your Tomato Harvest, the third class in their canning and preserving series, at the OSU Extension auditorium, Saturday, July 16. Learn how to preserve your home-grown tomatoes for year-round enjoyment!

In this class, food safety and the types of preservation equipment to use […]

By | June 17th, 2016|Event News, Garden, Now|0 Comments

Capture the Magic of Growing Container Garden Crops – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – June 2016

“Gardening in a small space shouldn’t restrict your ideas…Accept the challenge and discover new possibilities!”
~Philippa Pearson, Small Space Garden Ideas, 2014

When I was a little girl, I created a sitting area inside my closet and filled it with pillows, a lamp, books and toys. I called it my “roo”—not quite […]

By | May 31st, 2016|Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Learn to Grow Food the Easy Way – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – June 2016

At Hanley Farm, we grow food in a way that requires no irrigation, no machinery, and low labor beyond planting and picking food. Our objective is to demonstrate a simple way to grow food that is approachable to the general public. Everyone has the right to grow their own […]

By | May 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Focus on Hanley Farm, Garden|0 Comments

Old Stage Road Property is Highlight of 2016 AAUW GARDEN TOUR

The Medford branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its 8th annual Garden Tour from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016 – featuring properties in Central Point and Medford. The cost for the self-guided tour is $15 per ticket, with all proceeds going to local scholarships for women and girls. […]

By | May 30th, 2016|Garden, Now|0 Comments

Understanding the Essence of Essential Oils – by John Rinaldi Jr.

Essential oils. We hear about them more and more these days and find them in many more stores than ever before. But what is an essential oil, how is it made and what are they used for?

Without getting too “sciency” or technical, an essential oil is the extracted volatile organic compounds of certain flowers, leaves, […]

By | May 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden|0 Comments

Growing Pains in the Garden: What Our Plants are Telling Us – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – May 2016

“If you really want to draw close to your garden, you must remember that you are dealing with a being that lives and dies, like the human body with its poor flesh, its illnesses at times repugnant. One must not always see it dressed up for a ball, manicured and […]

By | May 1st, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Garden Club 2016 Spring Sale is Mother’s Day Weekend

This year the Jacksonville Garden Club’s annual Spring Sale is on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00am-3:00pm in the alcove next to the Post Office on Oregon Street.

Get set for Mother’s Day with beautiful bouquets and arrangements created from fresh-cut local flowers, or a unique plant. Home-baked goodies—cookies, brownies, scones, cakes, and candies—will also be […]

By | April 29th, 2016|Event News, Garden, Now|0 Comments

Let’s Pull Together!

Let’s Pull Together is a community weed pull event, being held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 9 am – 1 pm at the Rogue Gold Sports Park & Ti’lomikh Falls, along the Rogue River near Gold Hill. This day of hands-on learning provides time to discover which weeds are really menacing and how we […]

By | April 6th, 2016|Community, Garden|0 Comments

Hanley Farm 2016 Heritage Plant Sale Volunteers Needed

Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Hanley Farm Heritage Plant Sale will be May 7 and 8, 2016 from 10am to 3pm, 1053 Hanley Road. Join the volunteers that make it happen!

Positions available include greeters (pass out maps and explain the activities), cashiers (for both food and plants), plant monitors (keep the plants orderly and tables full), […]

By | March 30th, 2016|Garden|0 Comments

Heritage Plants at Hanley Farm

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the Annual Heritage Plant Sale at the Historic Hanley Farm, May 7 and 8, 2016 from 10am to 3pm. Hanley Farm is at 1053 Hanley Road between Jacksonville and Central Point. Admission is free.

Three generations of the Hanley family lived on and worked this farm starting […]

The Yoga of Gardening – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – April 2016

There is a natural burst of energy that we all seem to feel in the spring. We can get overly-enthusiastic in our outdoor activities, like gardening, golfing … and we pay the price, usually in our lower back and shoulders. (Wednesday JoyFull Yoga chair & floor class at 10:00am & Fridays […]

By | March 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Joyfull Living|0 Comments

Language of the Flowers: A Long Journey Traveled by Plants and People – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – April 2016

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly
in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions
of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling, dying
flake of […]

By | March 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Get Ready for the Jacksonville Garden Club 2016 Spring Sale

The Jacksonville Garden Club’s 31st Annual Spring Sale will be held in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the alcove next to the Post Office on Oregon Street. The sale features fresh-cut spring flowers arranged in bouquets by Club members. Interesting plants, handmade papers, candies, cookies, brownies, breakfast pastries, […]

By | March 30th, 2016|Event News, Garden, Now|0 Comments

Wanted: Jackson County Master Recyclers

2016 Training Course Now Enrolling – Class Filling Quickly

Become a Master Recycler in 2016! Jackson County Recycling Partnership is now seeking residents of Jackson County to take part in the annual training course and volunteer service program. Participants gain a broad understanding of home waste prevention strategies, the local solid waste infrastructure, hazardous waste avoidance, […]

By | March 12th, 2016|Community, Event News, Garden|0 Comments

Drowning the Shamrock and Other Things Irish – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – March 2016

For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day. ~Irish blessing

According to my family tree, I’m one-sixteenth Irish. One day, I’d like to visit the “land of my people;” however, until then, I’ll wear green and […]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

A Tribute to Valentine’s Day and Sexy Garden Flowers – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – February 2016

“Plants and flowers aren’t simply pretty things to look at. They also have the ability to arouse our senses. They can be incredibly exciting – and erotic.” ~Sonia Day, The Untamed Garden, 2011

February we celebrate Valentine’s Day, le jour de l’amour, so perhaps there’s no better time for gardeners to […]

By | January 28th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden|0 Comments

Saturday mornings at Shooting Star Nursery Winter/Spring 2016 Class Schedule

All classes begin at 10am and are located at the nursery unless indicated otherwise, space is limited so please be sure to register.

~During classes there will also be a sandbox, treasure hunt, and some kid friendly activities (children are still under parents supervision) as well as hot coffee and refreshments.

*denotes kid friendly class, bring your […]

By | December 29th, 2015|Garden, Now|0 Comments

A Checklist for Winter Gardeners – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

“From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens – the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind’s eye.” ~ Katherine S. White, Onward and Upward in the Garden, 1979

I found this quote in the Garden […]

By | December 1st, 2015|Garden, Now|1 Comment

Jacksonville Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale Provides Scholarships for Local Students

2015 Holiday Greens Sale is December 4 & 5

At holiday times, the scent of fresh greens stimulates memories of holidays past and of tranquil moments in the woods. The Jacksonville Garden Club’s Holiday Greens Sale, with its beautiful arrangements, is a familiar event in downtown Jacksonville during Victorian Christmas. Less well known is the impact […]

By | November 23rd, 2015|Community, Garden, Now|0 Comments

Jacksonville Garden Club 2015 Holiday Greens Pre-Sale

Bring the refreshing scent of fresh greens and cones into your home or business for the holidays! The Jacksonville Garden Club is now taking pre-paid orders for lovely and reasonably-priced holiday arrangements in a variety of sizes. Ordering early enables the Club members to create their best work and ensures that you will have your […]

By | October 29th, 2015|Garden, Now|0 Comments

Peek at Some Pretty Winter Bloomers – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – November 2015

In the the winter of 1849, Amelia Bloomer published her first edition of The Lily, a newspaper devoted to women’s issues in which she advocated for less-restrictive female garments. More than three decades later, members of the Rational Dress Society daringly suggested that no woman should have to wear more […]

By | October 23rd, 2015|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Let Your Imagination Bloom at the Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens Symposium – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – October 2015

“Half the interest of the garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.” –Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1898

During summertime, when I’m working hard in the garden to get ahead of the insects and weeds, I don’t often feel particularly imaginative. It’s mostly during the relatively “off […]

By | September 30th, 2015|Garden, Literary Gardener, Now|0 Comments

Enjoying Year-Round Outdoor Living – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – October 2015

Finding a sense of peace and beauty in your own outdoor living area is something that most everyone dreams of creating. Doing so can be accomplished by adding a simple potted flower pot placed on a patio to installation of an infinity pool, outdoor fireplace, outdoor […]

By | September 29th, 2015|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Your Landscape|0 Comments

September: Time to Catch a Second Wind for Gardening – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – September 2015

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
~William Wordsworth
September, 1819

If your enthusiasm and energy for gardening has waned from this summer’s triple-digit temperatures and smoky haze, then September may be just […]

By | August 27th, 2015|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Taking that first step… – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – September 2015

Sarting new outdoor projects can be daunting, whether it’s the sheer size of the task or knowing that starting something is going to be a long and time-consuming commitment.

Projects around the house and specifically yard projects linger in our minds—some get done but others […]

By | August 27th, 2015|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Your Landscape|0 Comments

Retaining Walls: Down to Earth Benefits – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – August 2015

Retaining walls offer stunning aesthetics and down-to-earth benefits by beautifying your home, helping with erosion control and water drainage, and providing privacy to outdoor living areas. Retaining walls also increase the value of your home, which is a great return on your investment.

If you are planning to construct a retaining […]

By | July 29th, 2015|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Your Landscape|3 Comments

Jackson County Master Gardener Programs and Events for August 2015

Here are other Jackson County Master Gardener services offered in August 2015. All are at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

Why Is My Tree Dying?–Tuesday, August 4, from 7:00-9:00pm: Max Bennett, OSU Extension Service Forester, will offer information about tree care, causes of tree health problems, and how to […]

By | July 29th, 2015|Garden|0 Comments

Uncover the Secret: Demonstration Gardens at the Extension – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – August 2015 – The Demonstration Gardens at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”–Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden, 1911

Speaking of secret gardens, did you know there are 20 demonstration gardens just five minutes from downtown Jacksonville? It’s true! […]

By | July 29th, 2015|Featured Stories, Garden|0 Comments