Large pink hydrangea blooms

It may be nostalgia for “the giant puff balls that grandma grew,” or it may be the simplicity of the look and ease of care, but there’s probably a reason why these plants have stuck around since we began cultivating them in North America in the 1700s. No matter the reason, the hydrangea is a favorite of gardeners especially in the Pacific Northwest where many varieties thrive.

Memorial Day was originally “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers” to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed our country.

blooming pink knock out roses

Whether you have dreamed of having your own prolific rose garden filled stunning color and fragrance, but dismissed it as unattainable - or have already had some success with roses but are hesitant to take it to the next level, you are in good company. The rose has suffered a notorious reputation for being too finicky, needy, disease-prone, expensive, and all around too much work. The time and effort was too prohibitive. There was just too much to know and most of us don’t have the time to dedicate to become an expert.

Show your mother how much you care this Mother's Day. Al's Gift Department carries fantastic gifts that any mother would love.

This cheeky little birdhouse will surely make your feathered friends the talk of the town. Planting succulents and sedums on the roof of a nesting box is just about the cutest project we have seen in a while.

Easter will look very different this year. Large family gatherings will be replaced by long-distance chats over video. Annual egg hunts will be modified for some children into social-distanced walks around the block, spying paper eggs hung in a neighbor’s window. And as we learn every spring, the winter will end, the earth will be new again, and this too shall pass.

Home made bread fresh from the oven

Everyone loves pizza, but it's one of those dishes that rarely gets made at home. If you have never created a pizza from scratch, give it a try.

an array of picked vegetables

During the severe food crises of World War I and II, the U.S. government along with several other countries, encouraged citizens to plant victory gardens in their own backyards, balconies and rooftops to supplement their rations and to boost morale.

Plant everbearing Seascape strawberries to enjoy for years.

Create a bracelet with beads to help remind you of the many ways you can help keep the planet healthy.