• How to name a species

    Most of us are not fluent in Latin so distinguishing between an Aesculus parviflora and an Aesculus pavia may take some extra effort. Throw hybrids and cultivars into the mix and our plant choices may increase with our confusion. 

  • Reflecting on a new year in the garden, on the farm

    Hope you don’t mind that I take this opportunity to reflect a little. Another year is gone and I remember my elders marveling over this and how quickly time goes by and I get it now. I have learned some this year but I don’t necessarily feel smarter; I have aged some but don’t necessarily feel older; and I have made new friends who have taught me that there is always potential which has made me excited about the rest of my life.

  • The meaning behind that holiday greenery

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • New DVD helps beginners learn common Kentucky birds

    One in every five Americans watches birds, according to a recent report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For those just getting started with the hobby, the experience can vary from exciting to frustrating. In the beginning many new species are observed, yet some can be difficult to identify. A new DVD — “Better Birdwatching in Kentucky and Tennessee” — makes the learning process easier by focusing on about 150 of the most common birds.

  • Photo: Master Gardeners donate new books to library
  • Home for the Holidays — Humane Society Discounted Adoption Fees

    The Humane Society of Nelson County is offering special half-price fees on all cats and dogs that have been waiting in our adoption sections for the right person to take them home. Discounted fees are $50 for dogs and $30 for cats. All are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas and internal parasites.  Many of the animals have been waiting for weeks, and some for months. They need to be in a real home, and their cages are needed for the many animals waiting to come up to Adoptions.

  • Farm Bureau recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement

    The Nelson County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the recent 92nd annual Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting in Louisville. The recognition and awards program was held on Dec. 2, 2011.

  • Farm Bureau receives Women’s Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Nelson County Farm Bureau received the 2011 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • Mistletoe evident in treetops

    I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses graze and a pet cow that is almost as old as me slumbers. I can see mistletoe everywhere, too, driving down the interstate, walking in the park, sitting at a traffic light.  It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafiness. We are obviously not the first to notice round globs of greenery nestled in treetops.

  • African violets bloom indoors for year-round beauty

    One of a few sure things in my life is that I can keep my African violets in bloom year round! Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage.  Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year round. African violets are easier to grow than many think if you create a favorable growing environment