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Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley Fleming-Wigglesworth is a certified Maine Master Gardener and award winning newspaper columnist from Kennebunk, Maine. She has been writing for the York County Coast Star for more than a decade as a freelance columnist and features writer. In 2010 she began writing her own gardening column “The Master Gardener’s Notebook” for Tourist News. She also teaches gardening classes at local schools and colleges

The Benefits of Evergreen Conifer Trees

6 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (85% score)

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus... Read More »

The Beautiful Winterberry Bush

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (94% score)

Winterberry is a species of the holly bush native to eastern North America and Canada. It’s abundant in... Read More »

10 Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

10 Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (94% score)

Gardeners are known to be some of the most giving people on earth.  We love to teach, share... Read More »

How to Plant a Cranberry Bed

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Cranberries were first discovered in New England by Native Americans centuries ago. The berries were used for food,... Read More »

Fall Flowers and Plants | Seven Seasonal Ways to Display Your Favorite Fall Flowers and Plants

6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Get the most out of your fall flowers, even after the first frost by displaying them in fun... Read More »

How to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns

5 votes, 4.80 avg. rating (93% score)

“From little acorns mighty oaks do grow” — American Proverb This is the perfect time of year to... Read More »

Learn How to Plant Fall Bulbs

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Take the first steps to prepare for next year’s garden by planting fall bulbs. These simple tips and... Read More »

How to Preserve Gourds and Display Them, too!

7 votes, 4.29 avg. rating (84% score)

Displaying colorful gourds that mimic the hues of New England’s fall foliage is a festive way to celebrate... Read More »

How to Harvest and Dry Seeds

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

It’s time to gather this past summer’s seeds from your favorite flowers and veggies to save for next... Read More »

How to Press Flowers

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

With the end of the growing season fast approaching, pressing and preserving flowers is an inexpensive and fun... Read More »

10 Mid-Summer Gardening Tips to Prolong the Life of Flowers and Plants

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

It’s that time of year when our gardens have put on their best show, produced their crops and... Read More »

Birdbaths | Installation and Maintenance

Birdbaths | Installation and Maintenance

7 votes, 4.57 avg. rating (89% score)

A garden just isn’t quite the same without a few birdbaths dotting the landscape. Well maintained birdbaths placed... Read More »

Plants that Repel Insects and Garden Pests | Natural Gardening

7 votes, 4.71 avg. rating (92% score)

Have the summer insects and pests been “bugging” or attacking you and your prized plants? Why not introduce... Read More »

Grow Plants in Wood Pallet Garden Frames

8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (90% score)

Wood pallet garden frames are the latest trend in gardening? If this is something you want to experiment... Read More »

Companion Plants | 5 Great Garden Ornamental and Edible Plant Combinations

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

when used as companion plants, edible and ornamental plants grow beautifully alongside each other and make interesting container... Read More »

Container Gardening | Grow Plants Together in Pots or Planters

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

Container gardening can be fun when you think about using theme that are creative, beautiful or functional. Plants... Read More »

Bee Pollination | The Benefits of Luring and Housing Bees

Bee Pollination | The Benefits of Luring and Housing Bees

6 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (91% score)

Bees buzzing around your gardens and property are a good thing, and beekeeping has been gaining popularity in... Read More »

How to Start Hydroponic Gardening

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Hydroponic gardening is the art and science of growing plants without soil. For hundreds of years mediums other... Read More »

Build a Cold Frame

7 votes, 4.43 avg. rating (87% score)

Cold frames are excellent for starting new plants early in the season and extending the growing season into... Read More »

Make a Container Water Garden

Make a Container Water Garden

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

If you’re looking for a centerpiece that lasts longer than flower bouquets, make a container water garden. A... Read More »

Propagate Succulents

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Succulents have textures and shapes that differ from traditional house plants. Their diverse and visually interesting forms have... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Plants

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Go beyond roses this year, and give Valentine’s Day plants that will last, send a message, and are... Read More »

How to Prune Houseplants

6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

When pruning, trimming and maintaining your indoor plants, have you ever wondered how much snipping and cutting back... Read More »

Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

5 votes, 4.40 avg. rating (86% score)

Herbs are easily grown inside and make lovely kitchen centerpieces and windowsill plants. Small herb container gardens and... Read More »

Flower Arrangement Care | Help Flowers Last Longer

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Flowers are the perfect holiday gift for the person who has everything, but nobody wants to give a... Read More »

Holiday Tradition: Force Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Add a little color and beauty to your surroundings this winter by forcing amaryllis bulbs to bloom. A... Read More »

Use a Garden Entrance to Define Outdoor Spaces

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Gates, arches, arbors, fences, bridges, stepping stones and paths signal to us that there is something beyond our... Read More »

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