Tag Archives: Dr. Leonard Perry

African Violets: Seven steps to success
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January 4, 2017

African Violets: Seven steps to success

By Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus, UVM

African violets are one of the easiest and most adaptable flowering houseplants to grow, as they do well in the conditions found in most homes. There are seven main cultural factors you should be aware of to ensure…

Rubies of winter
Arts, Dining & Entertainment
December 14, 2016

Rubies of winter

By Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus, UVM

Shrubs with red berries come in handy this time of year for use in holiday decorations and arrangements, for feeding wildlife, and for brightening landscapes. Although the well-known American and Chinese hollies can’t be grown in many…

The versatile Clematis Vine
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June 16, 2015

The versatile Clematis Vine

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor, UVM

Looking for an easy perennial vine that can grow in various situations, has a range of flower colors in both singles and doubles, and that provides a long flowering show in spring or summer? Consider the versatile clematis.

Although…

Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Controlling animal pests in gardens and landscapes

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor, UVM

Effective control of animal pests is possible though your success will depend on your timing, method, and perseverance. A control that works for your neighbor, or that worked for you last year, may not work…

Home and Garden
May 6, 2015

Proper lifting techniques offered for gardeners

Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor, UVM

Back injuries are the second most common of injuries, only to fingers and hands. Most back injuries come from improper lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying—all activities we perform in the garden. Here are some basic principles which apply…

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December 3, 2014

12 fun facts about Poinsettias

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor, UVM

Do you like trivia, or at least learning more about the top-selling holiday plant? If so, perhaps you will be interested in a dozen fun facts about the poinsettia plants you buy and see everywhere each December.

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September 25, 2014

Fruits of fall

Fall is the time most fruits on woody plants, not just on fruit trees, mature and become most colorful. These come in various forms, types, and colors, with names such as berries, pomes, and drupes. In addition, there are other attractive fruiting or seed structures…