Frederick Law Olmsted: Father of Modern Landscape Architecture

Central Park in NYC designed by Frederick Law Olmsted

Have you ever been to Central Park in New York City? Golden Gate Park in San Francisco? America’s Capitol grounds? Detroit’s Belle Isle? The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC?

If you’ve been to any of these places, you’ve seen landscape architecture at its finest. All of these places were planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who arguably fathered landscape architecture in this country. It is likely many of the most memorable green spaces you’ve been to were planned by him, one of his sons, or one of the many landscape architects influenced by him.

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Top gardening articles 2016

Top 20 Gardening Articles from 2016

Top gardening articles

One of our goals at Rootwell Products, Inc. is to provide you with gardening tips to help you be successful at gardening. Once a year, we publish a roundup of the most popular gardening articles from the previous year. We love to see what our visitors are reading. This lets us know what strikes a chord with our readers and how we can do more of it. We appreciate you!

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Attracting Pollinators and Pest-Eaters to Your Garden

How to Attract Pollinators and Pest Eaters to Your Garden

Attracting Pollinators and Pest-Eaters to Your Garden

Have you ever noticed a fancy birdhouse and thought about building one yourself? I have such great memories of watching birds at my grandfather’s kitchen window, sitting at his breakfast table. He always kept a birdfeeder or two right by the window. A constant stream of finches and hummingbirds made for a happy morning quite often. However, what I didn’t learn until later was that some of those birds made the fruit and vegetables in his nearby garden grow bigger and healthier.

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Greenhouse

5 Reasons to Build a Greenhouse and How to Get Started

Reasons to Build a Greenhouse

Do you miss gardening in the depth of winter? I know I do, and winter has barely gotten started. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been dreaming of having a greenhouse on your property for years, even when you knew very little about how to build one or what you’d grow in it. I just love the look and feel of walking into a nice greenhouse – especially when the weather outside is cool or downright cold. There’s something so invigorating about all those living plants around you in the warm, humid air.

If you’re wondering about the best reasons to build a greenhouse, look no further!

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Christmas tree farms

Christmas Tree Farms: The History and Economics of Growing Conifers

Christmas tree farms

I don’t know about you, but I like to see where my Christmas tree is growing and cut it down myself every year. I love to watch children wander around the land where the trees are all growing and speculate about which tree will look best nestled in the corner of our home decked with lights and special ornaments.

At home, I especially love that first whiff of pine when we’ve brought in our bit of the outdoors. It’s even better with a cup of hot cocoa, some Christmas music playing in the background, and snow falling outside the window.

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Ten Trees to Grow Indoors

10 Trees to grow indoors

Many of us spend the warm months outside, enjoying the beauty of nature and putting our hands in the dirt. When winter months come, those of us in cold climates long for green things to see, smell, and feel. This is a list of trees that can be grown indoors for those long months when the sight of a green tree is scarce.

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6 Of The Best Indoor Conservatories in The United States

Indoor conservatories

Winter is definitely coming. For many people in the United States, the leaves have already dropped from the trees and snow has made it’s presence. While the approaching holidays are a great distraction from the passing of fall, it can still be disheartening for many people who love all things green and warm. If you are feeling the winter blues coming on, we have your cure – visit your local indoor conservatory.

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Root cellar

Everything You Need to Know About an Amazing Root Cellar

Root cellar

Can you imagine life without the extravagance of a refrigerator? It is so nice to be able to keep cold so many of our favorite and essential foods. It is hard to believe that for centuries people functioned fine without this modern day luxury.

One time tested way that those before refrigerators survived daily life was by using a root cellar. A root cellar was an essential part of everyday homes. Not only are these cellars great for storing your favorite produce, they have many different purposes that can help you feel like to you face any storm or zombie apocalypse that comes your way.

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