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Try a Living Christmas Tree this Holiday Season!

There’s nothing better than decorating a tree to get into the Christmas spirit! But what if this year, instead of throwing away your beautiful tree, you kept it in a pot and planted it after Christmas? Traditional Christmas Tree farms are sustainable in many ways, especially by recycling the trees after the holidays. However, there…

Can you tell the Difference between a Pansy and a Voila?

Did You Know? Did you know that all pansies are violas, but not all violas are pansies? That’s right, pansies are the result of breeding the traditional violas with wild viola varieties! Both flower varieties have noticeably different characteristics between the two as well as some interesting history. Read on, to find out! Fact #1:…

Mums the Word!

It’s almost mum season! Many of the bright colors produced by calibrachoas and petunias are gone from the nursery, having been replaced with a sea of small, round green plants laid out in neat rows as far as the eye can see. It’s almost impossible to tell what color they will be when the color…

Life at the Nursery – The Business of Birds

The nursery is teeming with life year-round, especially in the spring and summer. In addition to all of the lovely plants, flowers, shrubs and trees, a variety of species of wildlife thrive on the 450 acres of land that Johnson Nursery, The Garden Center and The Gardens of Southeastern North Carolina encompass. I recently had…

Gardening 101: How to Pot a Plant

PRO TIP: Choose your container, ensuring that the container isn’t too much bigger than the plant itself with about an extra inch all the way around. Step 1: Gently squeeze the container that the plant is in to loosen the root ball. Cup your hand around the base of the plant and gently pull the…

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