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Mckinney Gardens

History of Mistletoe

From the garden of Beth DiGioia When the trees have lost their leaves, look up and you will sometimes see clumps of round green foliage on the branches of pecans and oaks.  It’s Mistletoe, a semi-parasitic plant that attaches itself to hardwood trees and extracts...

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Sage: The Thanksgiving Herb

From the garden of Beth DiGioia Come November we start to think about Thanksgiving and family crowded around a table groaning with holiday treats (which explains why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!).  Turkey is the traditional centerpiece of Thanksgiving...

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November 2018 Garden Tip

From the garden of Beth DiGioia Just in Time for Holiday Gifting: Homemade Vanilla Extract 1.) Slice open ten vanilla beans lengthwise, and with the back of the knife, scrape the inside to extract the tiny, sticky, black seeds inside (the seeds contain the flavor)....

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October Garden Tip of the Month

From the garden of Beth DiGioia The Collin County Master Gardeners have taken some of the guesswork out of choosing bulbs for our area by offering selections they have researched and grown in their gardens.  Mark your calendar to attend the 15th Annual Bulb &...

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Spring Bulbs to Plant NOW!

From the garden of Beth DiGioia Seeing the fresh green growing tips of spring bulbs poking out of the earth heralds the end of dark winter days and brings a welcome splash of color to the garden.  For most people, the most familiar bulb is the large-cupped, colorful...

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