Roy Helton

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3:33 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

From the Garden Gate: The Garden Museum in London

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 his visit to The Garden Museum in London. 

The Garden Museum in London

Whenever I teach in England as I did for a month this summer, I always feel as if I’m in a kind of gardeners’ heaven.  This summer I got a chance to visit a museum devoted entirely to gardening.  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.

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4:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

From the Garden Gate: September Gardening

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.

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Gardening
2:55 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

From the Garden Gate: More for the Border

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This week's From the Garden Gate topic revisits an earlier one, about recommendations for the border of your yard. Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.

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.  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.  

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Gardening
2:58 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

From the Garden Gate: Companion Planting

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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.

Companions in the Garden

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. 

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Environment
12:39 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

From the Garden Gate: Back of the Border Plants

Tansy, aka Mugwort... a real "mug"
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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.

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.  In some respects that shouldn’t be too hard a problem to solve.  I mean, it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of tall plants out there in the world.  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.

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Environment
4:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

From the Garden Gate: The White Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent. One of the most famous "White Gardens" in the world.

Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.  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. 

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Environment
1:59 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

From the Garden Gate: The Evening Garden

Moon Flower
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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.

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Environment
3:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

From the Garden Gate: Have You Tried Ornamental Grasses?

Purple Love Grass
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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.

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?  I can just hear my neighbor’s answer to that question:  “Oh, yeah, I know; you’re talking about weeds.”

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Environment
2:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

From the Garden Gate: The Path of Least Resistance

"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.

The Path of Least Resistance

When I was young my father devoted half of our back yard in Nashville to his energetically maintained vegetable garden.  And since there were five children in the family, there was a certain obvious utility to all his planting and harvesting.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

From the Garden Gate: A Love Affair with Gardening

We're starting a new weekly commentary.  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. 

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