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How To Plant A Water Wise Container Garden – WGN 9 News

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Shawna Coronado appears on WGN 9 News (Chicago) as a sustainability and greening expert. She plants a conservation oriented container garden and educates on planting perennial gardens with the appropriate water-saving soil. WGN 9 News gave The Casual Gardener Co. permission to utilize this video for demonstrating Shawna Coronado’s expertise on television. This video is uploaded to You Tube with permission. See more of Shawna at

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    What Are Pergolas? Giant Gardening Gifts!

    Thursday, January 21st, 2010

    If you have never heard of a pergola, this article is for you.  A pergola is a structure that has pillars supporting a strong wooden framework. The wooden frame is then covered with some sort of live vegetation or plant. The result is a shade supplying structure that adds personality to your garden area.

    The best example I can offer is that of a grape arbor. We have all seen grape arbors, haven’t we? I am sure you have at one time or another. But pergolas can be much more than that. We will see exactly what I am talking about very shortly.

    Pergolas may take several different forms. They can be a free standing structure such as a gazebo type or act as a walkway between two buildings or pavilions. It is even possible to have a pergola that is a lean to type that is used to simply sit or stand under for shade.

    The word pergola is originally derived from the Latin term “pergula” meaning an “eave that projects”. However, the term as we use it comes from an Italian word that was first coined by John Evelyn in a 1645 text.

    Usually the structure has marble or stone pillars supporting the wood roof. Nowadays though, the materials can be just about anything. Sometimes an all wood construction is utilized, but modern material like nylon or hard plastics may be tapped for the pillars. The roof or cover is always wood and is interwoven with vine like plants or foliage.

    The resulting structure is one that strikes a balance between nature and human habitation. As the plants and vines above receive the sunlight needed to grow and thrive, people can walk or stand beneath it and stay out of the bright sunlight while still enjoying the outdoors.

    Building a pergola in the backyard can be a beautiful addition to the family area and add ambiance to the yard or garden. As time goes by, the covering plants and flowers will become thicker and more beautiful with each passing season. It can actually add value to the home as well.

    Plans can be purchased that will show you how to build a pergola yourself. These plans are simple and can be followed by anyone, even if you have never built anything before. All you need are some tools, hardware and a little time. Believe me, it is well worth the effort.

    If you are more of the prefabricated kind of hobbyist, kits are available that include the materials precut and ready to assemble. Just follow the easy 1-2-3 instructions and you will have your pergola up in no time at all. Pergolas are a beautiful way to add to your property in a very simple way.

    For instance, it is possible to connect your garage to the house with a walkway pergola. This provides protection from the hot sun during summer months and may keep the walkway clear of snow in the winter. Either way, this is a good way to beautify your yard or garden in a natural way that is earth friendly. 😉

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    Outdoor Pergola

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