By Ariana Mangum M. Ariana H. Mangum is the daughter of artist William G. Mangum and the grand-niece of Charles S. Mangum, founder of the School of Public Health at UNC. Born in Chapel Hill, she has lived in a number of places including Italy, and recently returned to North Carolina to care for her aging parents. She has worked as a landscape designer and gardener through her company Les Jardins Cachet.
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    Need Gardening Help? Call The County!

    October 28, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Did you know there are resources and programs throughout the county that will assist you if your property has issues? Staff from the soil and water conservation department will come and evaluate the property, give suggestions of what to plant and encourage a good design to assist the homeowner in choices that will be low […]

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    The Sustainable Garden

    September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Is your garden sustainable? Would you derive pleasure from hearing bird songs and the sound of frogs, enjoying butterflies, and spending hours enjoying the beautiful seasonal flowering perennials and bulbs? More and more home gardeners are turning their attention to the conservation of resources, and have found  that the use of native and naturalized plants […]

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    Small Space, Big Garden

    July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Are you a gardener living with a small outdoor space? Today many people live in apartments, town houses or condominiums and would still like a garden. Container gardens have become a popular solution for some, and raised beds a solution for others. Here is one gardener’s solution to her space constraints: I was hired to […]

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    Bringing A Garden Back To Life

    June 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I was given the opportunity to design and plant an iris garden. The customer was surprised when I had to dig through three feet of mulch before reaching any dirt. I made the decision to remove the mulch and amend the entire garden using a recipe of topsoil, peat moss, compost and lime. The mystery […]

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    In An English Cottage Garden

    May 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Have you enjoyed strolling in an English cottage garden, with its many paths that lead to amazing spaces with layers of plants, hidden nooks and scenic seating areas amongst trees, shrubs, bulbs, and an abundance of flowers nestled in eye-catching designs? I received the call in March to come and clean a downtown garden; the […]

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    A Gift In A Garden

    April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Have you noticed that it is easy to come up with ideas for others, but when it comes to ideas for yourself it is sometimes more difficult? No matter how many magazines or books you look through or gardens you see, there is often a block as to how to proceed with your own. This […]

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    The Scented Garden

    March 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Have you spent time in a scented garden? Enjoyed its fragrant perfume yielded by trees, shrubs, flowers, and bulbs? Have you sat and listened to the chorus of songbirds, or wondered why there were so many pollinators and desirable wildlife? A fragrant garden is a host to many visitors who want to enjoy the many […]

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    The Beauty Of Moss Gardening

    February 7, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Did you know that moss can be used to create a garden? Do you have a moist, shady area where it is difficult to garden or grow a lawn? Moss may be the perfect solution. Many have found moss gardens have a peaceful tranquility that is sublime. Some moss gardens incorporate rocks, paths, water features, […]