Teresa Woodard
Teresa Woodard

Teresa Woodard

Teresa Woodard is contributing garden editor at Midwest Living where she covers everything from houseplants and bonsai to daffodils and peonies. A lifelong Ohioan (except for her college days studying journalism at Indiana University), she gardens on two acres outside Columbus. She also teaches youth about growing food at an urban community garden and is working on a book project about American garden design. She loves hiking with her German short-haired pointer and traveling to favorite garden destinations.
Dry soil and low light—two gardening ills, and often, they plague one problematic spot. An Indianapolis pro prescribes solutions.
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If you're growing plants, you're already on your way to helping the planet be a greener place. Here's how to make an even greater impact.
A veteran flower farmer shares her go-to picks for lasting color, texture and variety.
Your plants deserve a vacation too! An Ohio expert shares how to make the transition as smooth as possible.
An expert explains this rugged, low-maintenance garden style and shares advice for starting your own rock garden at home—even if you have a small space.
Gather friends and create these cheery kokedama with pots of store-bought daffodils.
Explore a historic Dutch town packed with thousands of vibrant tulips, a Great Lakes island brimming with fragrant lilacs and more. 
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At his Ohio farmhouse, Nick McCullough creates order and elegance in wide-open spaces.
As days warm, the season's first pollinators emerge—and they're hungry. Welcome them with a hearty buffet of spring bulbs.
Explore a historic Dutch town packed with thousands of vibrant tulips, a Great Lakes island brimming with fragrant lilacs and more. 
At his Ohio farmhouse, Nick McCullough creates order and elegance in wide-open spaces.
As days warm, the season's first pollinators emerge—and they're hungry. Welcome them with a hearty buffet of spring bulbs.
You long ago mastered philodendrons. Succulents are old hat. Even your fiddle-leaf is still fiddling along. The next step in your houseplant journey: mixing plants to create indoor landscapes in pots.
Outside may still be cold, but an uplifting tropical escape awaits visitors at each of these destinations.
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A Nebraska gardener advocates for more prairie—and less lawn—to support wildlife across the Midwest.
Dubbed the Queen of Climbers, clematis starts humble. But once rambling up a trellis and thick with flowers, this perennial is, indeed, regal. New varieties come in many colors with longer bloom times, and in sizes from 2 to 20 feet.
This under-appreciated grass-like perennial can be a lawn alternative, a groundcover, a border, a container plant and more.
An all-silver palette of plants in varying shapes, sizes and textures can create a dramatic border for your garden. An Ohio garden pro shows how to get the look.
Floating floral displays called mandalas make a fun and rewarding summer project for both adults and kids. Just fill a container with water; cut flower heads, petals and leaves; then arrange in a pattern on the water. See ideas from an Ohio garden pro for floating mandalas and other Earth art, plus get step-by-step instructions to create your own.
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Puppies. Chocolate. Sunsets. File them all under Things That Make Us Go Heart-Eyes—right along with hydrangeas.
When you want to give city life the slip, public gardens await. Watch koi swirl in a pond. See a rare lily bloom in a glassy pool. Find out what grows in the cool of a streambed. Learn a lot—or just sit a spell and soak in the calm.
Austin Eischeid, who designs Millennium Park’s stunning container gardens, offers tips for creating your own beautiful container arrangements. 
With a large container, bricks and a nursery trip, you can create a romantic, miniature garden in an afternoon.
Are you done pulling weeds? Try gravel gardening—a new technique that’s low-maintenance and Earth-friendly. Here's what a Wisconsin pro recommends.
Created by a world-class designer, this new garden at Belle Isle Park in Detroit offers plenty of ideas to make your outdoor spaces pretty and pollinator friendly.
Yes, these bags are lightweight and portable, but that’s not all. An Ohio extension agent explains another surprising perk.