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  • Bean Poles

    Bean Poles

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:21:09 GMT
    Warm-season gardening in Mobile often means Big Gardening. Plants grow big here, and many need something to climb on.
    Warm-season gardening in Mobile often means Big Gardening. Plants grow big here, and many need something to climb on.
  • Mobile Has Many Types of Azaleas

    Mobile Has Many Types of Azaleas

    Friday, April 11 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-04-11 18:16:48 GMT
    Mobile is home to many different varieties of Azaleas. Meteorologist John Nodar and Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens take a look at a few of them in this edition of Plain Gardening.
    Mobile is home to many different varieties of Azaleas. Meteorologist John Nodar and Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens take a look at a few of them in this edition of Plain Gardening.
  • Plain Gardening: Plantasia Spring 2014

    Plain Gardening: Plantasia Spring 2014

    Friday, March 28 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-03-28 17:44:56 GMT
    It’s spring planting time! Some folks say that they don’t do well with plants, and I’m often one of them. But Bill Finch says that—in this part of the world—anyone can grow plants and do it well…in fact, the plants can usually fend for themselves if you follow three simple steps.
    It’s spring planting time! Some folks say that they don’t do well with plants, and I’m often one of them. But Bill Finch says that—in this part of the world—anyone can grow plants and do it well…in fact, the plants can usually fend for themselves if you follow three simple steps.
  • Mardi Gras Showers-Easter Flowers

    Mardi Gras Showers-Easter Flowers

    Friday, March 7 2014 2:14 PM EST2014-03-07 19:14:24 GMT
     This a great time for replanting and repotting.
     This a great time for replanting and repotting.
  • Plain Gardening: Sago Palms

    Plain Gardening: Sago Palms

    Friday, February 28 2014 1:48 PM EST2014-02-28 18:48:06 GMT
    With our unusually cold winter weather, we’re seeing a lot of brown sago palms around town. Are they dead? Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says no.
    With our unusually cold winter weather, we’re seeing a lot of brown sago palms around town. Are they dead? Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says no.
  • Mardi Gras Lillies

    Mardi Gras Lillies

    Friday, February 21 2014 2:27 PM EST2014-02-21 19:27:20 GMT
     Discover the Grand Primo, sometimes called Mardi Gras lilies.
     Discover the Grand Primo, sometimes called Mardi Gras lilies.
  • Plain Gardening: Taiwan Cherries

    Plain Gardening: Taiwan Cherries

    Friday, February 14 2014 1:41 PM EST2014-02-14 18:41:41 GMT
    This episode of Plain Gardening took place on a drizzly, cold, gray, windy, wintry day. So naturally, Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens wanted to talk about…SPRING.
    This episode of Plain Gardening took place on a drizzly, cold, gray, windy, wintry day. So naturally, Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens wanted to talk about…SPRING.
  • Be A Leaf Thief For A Better Garden

    Be A Leaf Thief For A Better Garden

    Friday, February 7 2014 2:07 PM EST2014-02-07 19:07:14 GMT
     Use leaves to promote better soil in your garden.
     Use leaves to promote better soil in your garden.
  • Ice Storm: Both Good and Bad For Plants

    Ice Storm: Both Good and Bad For Plants

    Friday, January 31 2014 2:03 PM EST2014-01-31 19:03:00 GMT
     Today’s Plain Gardening episode is as timely as today’s headlines:  Ice Plants! 
     Today’s Plain Gardening episode is as timely as today’s headlines:  Ice Plants! 
  • Cold Weather Potted Plants

    Cold Weather Potted Plants

    Friday, January 17 2014 2:48 PM EST2014-01-17 19:48:58 GMT
    This episode of Plain Gardening takes place on Bill Finch’s porch…or as he calls it, his “cold weather greenhouse”.
    This episode of Plain Gardening takes place on Bill Finch’s porch…or as he calls it, his “cold weather greenhouse”.
  • Plants and Cold Weather

    Plants and Cold Weather

    Friday, January 10 2014 1:55 PM EST2014-01-10 18:55:39 GMT
    The first very cold snap of the New Year is now behind us. Temps dipped into the teens! What's dead, what's not dead, and what should we be doing with our cold-damaged plants?
    The first very cold snap of the New Year is now behind us. Temps dipped into the teens! What's dead, what's not dead, and what should we be doing with our cold-damaged plants?
  • 12 Days of Christmas

    12 Days of Christmas

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:04 PM EST2014-01-03 22:04:03 GMT
    Gardeners tend to plan around holidays…it’s easy to remember and you often have a little time off as well.
    Gardeners tend to plan around holidays…it’s easy to remember and you often have a little time off as well.
  • Seed to Table Garden

    Seed to Table Garden

    Friday, December 20 2013 5:13 PM EST2013-12-20 22:13:43 GMT
    On today’s episode of Plain Gardening we revisit the Seed to Table Garden in the Renaissance Park—formerly Orange Grove--area of downtown Mobile.
    On today’s episode of Plain Gardening we revisit the Seed to Table Garden in the Renaissance Park—formerly Orange Grove--area of downtown Mobile.
  • Sasanqua Camellias

    Sasanqua Camellias

    Friday, December 13 2013 11:40 AM EST2013-12-13 16:40:57 GMT
    Sasanquas are our great camellias of fall.
    Sasanquas are our great camellias of fall.
  • Poinsettias

    Poinsettias

    Friday, December 6 2013 10:41 AM EST2013-12-06 15:41:59 GMT
    Plain Gardening Poinsettias 2013  
    Plain Gardening Poinsettias 2013  
  • Peppers and Bugs

    Peppers and Bugs

    Friday, October 25 2013 2:48 PM EDT2013-10-25 18:48:14 GMT
    Plain Gardening Peppers
    Plain Gardening Peppers
  • Fall Plant Sale 2013

    Fall Plant Sale 2013

    Friday, October 18 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-10-18 17:39:55 GMT
    It’s time for the Mobile Botanical Gardens Plantasia Plant Sale.
    It’s time for the Mobile Botanical Gardens Plantasia Plant Sale.
  • Plain Gardening: Banana Harvest

    Plain Gardening: Banana Harvest

    Friday, September 27 2013 2:08 PM EDT2013-09-27 18:08:04 GMT
    Banana Harvest On this week’s Plain Gardening segment, we’re revisiting bananas.
    Banana Harvest On this week’s Plain Gardening segment, we’re revisiting bananas.
  • Plain Gardening: Okra

    Plain Gardening: Okra

    Friday, September 20 2013 1:37 PM EDT2013-09-20 17:37:08 GMT
    Welcome to Plain Gardening with Bill Finch, in an episode we call “The Sad and Disappointing Garden”.
    Welcome to Plain Gardening with Bill Finch, in an episode we call “The Sad and Disappointing Garden”.
  • Plain Gardening: Washington Square Palms

    Plain Gardening: Washington Square Palms

    Friday, September 13 2013 2:11 PM EDT2013-09-13 18:11:51 GMT
    Plain Gardening Washington Square Palms Beautiful live oaks often steal the show in Washington Square Park and other green spaces along the Gulf Coast.
    Plain Gardening Washington Square Palms Beautiful live oaks often steal the show in Washington Square Park and other green spaces along the Gulf Coast.
  • Plain Gardening: Persimmons

    Plain Gardening: Persimmons

    Friday, September 6 2013 2:31 PM EDT2013-09-06 18:31:17 GMT
    Late summer is a great fruit time for the Gulf Coast, and persimmon is one of this area’s finest. I say “is” but should say “are”—there are lots of varieties. American persimmons, the small ones, usually don’t mature until November. But now is the time for larger Japanese persimmons like fuyu and giombo. Wait until they’re soft before picking. Ripe persimmons look and feel like a orange-red tomato. Bill Finch call...
    Late summer is a great fruit time for the Gulf Coast, and persimmon is one of this area’s finest. I say “is” but should say “are”—there are lots of varieties. American persimmons, the small ones, usually don’t mature until November. But now is the time for larger Japanese persimmons like fuyu and giombo. Wait until they’re soft before picking. Ripe persimmons look and feel like a orange-red tomato. Bill Finch call...
  • Plain Gardening: Jelly Palms

    Plain Gardening: Jelly Palms

    Friday, August 30 2013 1:37 PM EDT2013-08-30 17:37:11 GMT
    So, why would Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens ask to shoot a gardening show at a body shop on the Beltway next to an interstate highway? Jelly palms. 
    So, why would Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens ask to shoot a gardening show at a body shop on the Beltway next to an interstate highway? Jelly palms. 
  • Plain Gardening: Seeds

    Plain Gardening: Seeds

    Friday, August 23 2013 2:13 PM EDT2013-08-23 18:13:28 GMT
    In this edition of Plain Gardening we go behind the scenes at Mobile Botanical Gardens with Bill Finch.
    In this edition of Plain Gardening we go behind the scenes at Mobile Botanical Gardens with Bill Finch.
  • Plain Gardening: Tropical Plants

    Plain Gardening: Tropical Plants

    Monday, August 19 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-08-19 13:20:17 GMT
    It's Gulf Coast summer…that means hot and humid; it's the kind of weather our tropical plants love!
    It's Gulf Coast summer…that means hot and humid; it's the kind of weather our tropical plants love!
  • Plain Gardening: Tea

    Plain Gardening: Tea

    Friday, August 9 2013 2:56 PM EDT2013-08-09 18:56:15 GMT
    The Mobile Botanical Gardens is growing a Tea Maze.
    The Mobile Botanical Gardens is growing a Tea Maze.
  • Plain Gardening: Bamboo

    Plain Gardening: Bamboo

    Friday, August 2 2013 1:37 PM EDT2013-08-02 17:37:46 GMT
    Need a screen or background or separator? Think bamboo!
    Need a screen or background or separator? Think bamboo!
  • Plain Gardening: Crepe Myrtle Pruning

    Plain Gardening: Crepe Myrtle Pruning

    Friday, July 26 2013 1:41 PM EDT2013-07-26 17:41:21 GMT
    Crepe myrtles are a favorite flowering tree along the Gulf Coast.
    Crepe myrtles are a favorite flowering tree along the Gulf Coast.
  • Plain Gardening: Hibiscus

    Plain Gardening: Hibiscus

    Friday, July 19 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-07-19 17:39:54 GMT
    Native and native-hybrid hibiscuses are colorful, showy, and thrive in the heat and humidity of Gulf Coast summers.
    Native and native-hybrid hibiscuses are colorful, showy, and thrive in the heat and humidity of Gulf Coast summers.
  • Plain Gardening: Figs

    Plain Gardening: Figs

    Friday, July 12 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-07-12 17:44:11 GMT
    For more info, contact the Master Gardeners at mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
    For more info, contact the Master Gardeners at mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
  • Plain Gardening: Century Plant

    Plain Gardening: Century Plant

    Friday, July 5 2013 1:49 PM EDT2013-07-05 17:49:52 GMT
    It's called a century plant because when it was first taken to England from its native Mexico, it took forever to bloom in the new climate.
    It's called a century plant because when it was first taken to England from its native Mexico, it took forever to bloom in the new climate.
  • Plain Gardening: Orange Grove Garden

    Plain Gardening: Orange Grove Garden

    Friday, June 28 2013 3:12 PM EDT2013-06-28 19:12:25 GMT
    It doesn't take perfect soil or perfect sun or any other perfect conditions to make a great garden.
    It doesn't take perfect soil or perfect sun or any other perfect conditions to make a great garden.
  • Plain Gardening: Golden Flowers

    Plain Gardening: Golden Flowers

    Friday, June 21 2013 1:52 PM EDT2013-06-21 17:52:25 GMT
    Sometimes we forget what great flowering treasures we have for this time of year, and how much fun they are to grow.
    Sometimes we forget what great flowering treasures we have for this time of year, and how much fun they are to grow.
  • Plain Gardening: Hydrangeas

    Plain Gardening: Hydrangeas

    Friday, June 14 2013 2:02 PM EDT2013-06-14 18:02:37 GMT
    Hydrangeas are one of the most important shrubs for the northern Gulf Coast.
    Hydrangeas are one of the most important shrubs for the northern Gulf Coast.
  • Plain Gardening: Herbs

    Plain Gardening: Herbs

    Monday, June 10 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-06-10 20:46:30 GMT
    Nothing will spice up your cooking like fresh herbs from the garden.
    Nothing will spice up your cooking like fresh herbs from the garden.
  • Plain Gardening: Tomato Harvest

    Plain Gardening: Tomato Harvest

    Tuesday, June 4 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-04 13:45:48 GMT
    It's getting close to tomato harvest time.
    It's getting close to tomato harvest time.
  • Plain Gardening; Japanese Maples

    Plain Gardening; Japanese Maples

    Friday, May 24 2013 2:05 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:05:08 GMT
    Japan gets the credit for some of our favorite Gulf Coast plants
    Japan gets the credit for some of our favorite Gulf Coast plants.
  • Plain Gardening Edible Plants

    Plain Gardening Edible Plants

    Monday, May 20 2013 10:50 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:50:02 GMT
    It's time to stop and smell the flowers with Mobile Botanical Director Bill Finch.
    It's time to stop and smell the flowers with Mobile Botanical Director Bill Finch.
  • Plain Gardening: Fire

    Plain Gardening: Fire

    Friday, May 10 2013 12:27 PM EDT2013-05-10 16:27:45 GMT
    Bill "Smokey" Finch at Mobile Botanical Gardens has set the gardens on fire!
    Bill "Smokey" Finch at Mobile Botanical Gardens has set the gardens on fire!
  • American Summer

    American Summer

    Friday, May 3 2013 3:27 PM EDT2013-05-03 19:27:49 GMT
    Our beautiful spring flowers may be on their last legs, according to Mobile Botanical Gardens Executive Director Bill Finch.
    Our beautiful spring flowers may be on their last legs, according to Mobile Botanical Gardens Executive Director Bill Finch.
  • Plain Gardening: Amaryllis

    Plain Gardening: Amaryllis

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:17 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:17:30 GMT
    Think of it as The Tulip of the Gulf Coast, only better.
    Think of it as The Tulip of the Gulf Coast, only better.
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