Bring on the frosty nighttime hours, the apple cider, the bright red berries and leaves, and the falling and blowing snow. This is a busy time for man and beast. Dried foliage in the garden spurs reflection...with perhaps a wistful memory of summer. And, as we can or freeze our harvest or dry herbs and flowers, we remember the pleasures of being in the summer garden and the social and family pleasure that will bring us as we enter the season of sharing meals and gratitude.

Questions or comments are always welcome.  We'll try to get right back to you right away.  

Email us, Cathie Draine and Brad Morgan, at gardeners@blackhillsgarden.com

The planet is a global garden.  What’s happening in the atmosphere, in the oceans, across the land – whether called climate change or global warming or weird weather – affects us all.  more

SDSU Horticulture Professor Dave 

Graper will take over as the state Master Gardener Coordinator for the interim.  A veteran contributor to SDPB's Garden Line call-in show, he remains Director of McCrory Gardens until December 21.  more


Save the date!!! March 7th is Spring Fever. Watch for more information!!

Winter dreams and garden impermanence.  Our “weather memories” are often short term and inaccurate which allows all of us, including me, to redefine “autumn.” Beautiful foliage and bountiful harvests aside for the moment, I think of autumn primarily as a time of CHANGE.  more

Autumn gold shines in the Black Hills.  Word association for most of us is a fun game along the lines of “What comes to your mind when you hear this word?” I was playing that game with myself and happened to glance at the unbelievable beauty of every tree in Rapid City clad in leaves of gold.  more

Seriously Strange Growing Season. Most gardeners are quite willing to say, “I don’t know” when faced with a question or situation that they don’t understand. It’s a fine answer. It’s truthful.  

            However, for many of us, this truthful admission of bewilderment or ignorance was pilloried time and time again by this seriously strange growing season. more

Gardening Is Doorway to Mindfulness.  Fall is the time of gathering-in, of vegetables, of seeds, or of ideas. It was those latter that I gathered in during the recent annual state-wide Master Gardener Update in Yankton. more

Remembering gardening in the Fall.  I take little pleasure that the recent foul and garden devastating weather set records. I tried to practice philosophical acceptance: seasons change, (tomato) plants mature and die; uncontrollable weather happens. That barely works to raise my spirits as I pull blacked and limp stems from my vegetable pots…Aha! Pots. There were some real successes so let’s begin there.  more

The handplant tree order form from the Pennington County Soil Conservation District is now available online.  Most trees and shrubs cost $1.  A Rapid City phone number will answer questions and sign you up for the printed "District News" newsletter.  more


(Thanks to Chuck Ellington who gardens off Nemo Road)

December gardening tip.   House plants with large leaves and smooth foliage such as philodendrons, dracaena and rubber plant, benefit if their leaves are washed with a damp cloth to remove dust. more