From the Garden Gate http://wkms.org en From the Garden Gate: The Garden Museum in London http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-garden-museum-london <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening. In this edition of &quot;From the Garden Gate,&quot; Roy talks about his visit to The Garden Museum in London.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Garden Museum in London</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whenever I teach in England as I did for a month this summer, I always feel as if I&rsquo;m in a kind of gardeners&rsquo; heaven. &nbsp;This summer I got a chance to visit a museum devoted entirely to gardening. &nbsp;Located across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament, the Garden History Museum is housed in the rescued and restored medieval church of St Mary-at-Lambeth.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:33:46 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 35317 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: The Garden Museum in London From the Garden Gate: September Gardening http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-september-gardening <p>Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening. In this edition of "From the Garden Gate," Roy talks about the 'vegetative doldrums' of September, and how to prepare for next season.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 35180 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: September Gardening From the Garden Gate: More for the Border http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-more-border <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week's From the Garden Gate topic revisits an earlier one, about recommendations for the border of your yard. Murray resident Roy </span>Helton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Well, here I am, still on the topic of tall plants. Over the years of arranging and rearranging plants and a whole lot of trial and error, I’ve grown fonder of lots of these large plants as the backbone, and even middle ground, of the border. &nbsp;As my own garden matures, and the beds continue to fill in, these plants serve as a backdrop to set off the shorter flowers in the front. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:55:25 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 33189 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: More for the Border From the Garden Gate: Companion Planting http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-companion-planting <p>Here's this week's "From the Garden Gate" by English professor and gardening enthusiast Roy Helton. This week's topic is "companions," combining flowers and vegetables in your garden.</p><p><strong>Companions in the Garden </strong></p><p>Probably when most of us hear the expression “companion planting,” we think of vegetable gardens and the kinds of flowers that are said to provide benefits for the veggies. The old-fashioned method of including marigolds and nasturtiums in vegetable beds is even receiving increased attention as scientific research catches up with garden lore. One list of suggested flower-vegetable combinations is catnip with eggplant to deter flea beetles, borage with tomatoes to attract beneficial insects, nasturtiums near squash to deter squash beetles, and petunias to act as an alternative food source for the aphids and beetles that go after cucumbers and pumpkins.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:58:04 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 32985 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: Companion Planting From the Garden Gate: Back of the Border Plants http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-back-border-plants <p>This week's "From the Garden Gate" is all about back of the border plants. Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just as a stage play has a backdrop to frame and showcase what’s happening out front, a garden border needs a backdrop as well. &nbsp;In some respects that shouldn’t be too hard a problem to solve. &nbsp;I mean, it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of tall plants out there in the world. &nbsp;And since finding tall plants is not, as they say, exactly rocket science, I thought I would confine myself to mentioning a few of the plants that I have found useful and successful in my own garden borders.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:39:20 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Roy Helton 32322 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: Back of the Border Plants From the Garden Gate: The White Garden http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-white-garden <p>Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening. &nbsp;In this week's "From the Garden Gate" commentary, the topic is white gardens. Similar in design to the English cottage garden, white gardens feature flowers that are white or silvery, with the intent to overwhelm the viewer with a single color.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:07:04 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 32053 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: The White Garden From the Garden Gate: The Evening Garden http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-evening-garden <p>Roy Helton, an English professor at Murray State University, has a passion for gardening and has transformed his own yard into a showplace. In this installment of "From the Garden Gate," he talks about the evening garden.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:59:02 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 31887 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: The Evening Garden From the Garden Gate: Have You Tried Ornamental Grasses? http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-have-you-tried-ornamental-grasses <p>Here's the next edition our our weekly gardening series, "From the Garden Gate." Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who among the clan of devout gardeners doesn’t yearn for perennials that are easy to plant, require little or no care, serve multiple purposes, and are virtually indestructible—having almost no pests or diseases? &nbsp;I can just hear my neighbor’s answer to that question: &nbsp;“Oh, yeah, I know; you’re talking about weeds.”</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:34:09 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 31748 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: Have You Tried Ornamental Grasses? From the Garden Gate: The Path of Least Resistance http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-path-least-resistance <p>"From the Garden Gate" is next. Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Path of Least Resistance</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I was young my father devoted half of our back yard in Nashville to his energetically maintained vegetable garden. &nbsp;And since there were five children in the family, there was a certain obvious utility to all his planting and harvesting.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:20:06 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 31656 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: The Path of Least Resistance From the Garden Gate: A Love Affair with Gardening http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-love-affair-gardening <p>We're starting a new weekly commentary. &nbsp;It's titled "From the Garden Gate." It is contributed by Murray resident Roy Helton who divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:14:52 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 31216 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: A Love Affair with Gardening