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    Manzanita ‘Howard McMinn’: a Tender Beauty
    If your garden were a kingdom, Manzanita ‘Howard McMinn’ (Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’) would be a charming and delicate princess who makes you fall in love as soon as you lay your eyes on her! Beautiful and easy to incorporate with most gardens, this evergreen shrub has been adored by generations of gardeners ever since it was […]
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    Arroyo Willow: the Cultural Pillar of your Native garden
    To many gardeners, when it comes to choosing plants for their native garden, aesthetic pleasure is not the only thing that matters. Sometimes, historical value and practical use are also taken into consideration. If you’re the type of gardener who appreciates history and the wonderful world of ethnobotany, Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) should be a good choice […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Partnerships
    To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015.  One reason for the project’s success is the commitment of local and global partners to work together to achieve the common goals. People from many different backgrounds are planning, digging, composting, planting, and teaching together […]
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    Heart-leaved Penstemon: the Delightful Flames of your garden!
    As a simple fact, a sustainable garden needs lots of help from the wildlife. When insect pollinators don’t come so frequently, your poorly pollinated plants produce fewer, often misshapen, fruits and lower yields of seeds, which badly affects the garden’s productivity. If you want a healthy and productive garden, consider native plants that attract pollinator […]
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    California Wild Grape: Four Seasons of Beauty
    If you want a beautiful and affordable roof for your garden, consider planting California Wild Grape (Vitis californica) today! Under its shadow, you will have a relaxing time away from the intense sunshine of California. As seasons come and go, this deciduous woody vine also contributes a stunning, dynamic natural cover that keeps your gardening […]
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    Desert Lavender: the Charm of your Native Garden
    If you’re looking for an elegant, eye-soothing color for your native garden, Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi) should be among your top choices. Not only does this plant lights up your garden with charming silvery foliage and lovely purple flowers, it brings delightful lavender fragrance to your home as well. Desert Lavender belongs to the family […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Future Visits
    To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015. Click here for an overview of the Garden for Ghana Project Future Visits   November 2015 A visit is being planned for November 2015. From 2-6 November CNGF’s President and Founder, Alrie Middlebrook will  also attend  a […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Starting the Work in May 2014
    To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015. Click here for an overview of the Garden for Ghana Project May 2014 Visit – Starting the work    In May 2014, the YASC and Alrie visited Yamoransa and began the first Pilot Garden Project.  […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Initial Visit in August 2013
    To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015.  Click here for an overview of the Garden for Ghana Project   August 2013  – Initial Visit and discovery Yamoransa CNGF’s President and Founder, Alrie Middlebrook, visited Yamoransa as a member of YASC  to teach school […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Visit May 2015
    To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015. Click here for an overview of the Garden for Ghana Project May/June 2015 Visit   Goals of Visit To enable people to start to benefit from the work by being able to harvest food To […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Main
     To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email  cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015.     Gardens for Ghana:  Yamoransa – A transformation in progress “Teach them to create bounty and beauty from the soil and they will thrive.”   (Alrie Middlebrook)   The Garden for Ghana project is bringing […]
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