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While the Lowcountry is still deciding whether to be warm or cold, gardening experts say that it is the perfect time for organizing.

The annual Plantasia event will satisfy even the most severe cases of plant fever. This one-day gardening extravaganza will be April 13 at Old Towne Creek County Park.

Vines offer a wide variety of uses in the landscape. They may be used as a ground cover or a fast-growing screen on fences or walls.

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Heather and Henry Galvin are not your typical animal lovers. The three elegant greyhounds in their care are just the tip of the iceberg. They have tortoises, rabbits and a rainforest kinkajou. Oh, and two anteaters. And a high electric bill.

The horticulture industry is, in a general sense, about plants. It’s so diverse, though, that you can’t know it all. It ranges from turf to ornamentals to edible crops. In the horticulture program at Trident Technical College, we teach everything, including propagation, irrigation, design and construction as well as identifying more than 400 plants.

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Rainbow Row includes some of Charleston's oldest buildings, though its colorful paint scheme is relatively new, a byproduct of a 20th century effort to rejuvenate and preserve the block. Indeed, many property owners found a pot of gold at the end.

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Eggplant is far easier to grow and more productive than its more popular relatives, tomato or bell pepper. Eggplant (Solanum melongena) and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) are like siblings, because they are two species in the same genus, Solanum. Eggplant and pepper (Capsicum annuum) are firs…

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The unusual snow that fell a year ago put a classic Lowcountry plant in the spotlight. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) seemed to be on many gardeners’ (and dog owners’) minds.

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My wife and I are having a Charlie Brown Christmas this year. We scaled back the decorations and decided to buy the saddest, most neglected Christmas tree on the lot. We didn’t make it out of our driveway. We found one in our front yard.