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Mary-Kate Mackey

Mary-Kate Mackey

Garden Writer

Mary-Kate Mackey is an award-winning garden writer whose byline has appeared on over 200 articles for national magazines, newspapers and websites, including Sunset, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and Country Gardens. She co-authored (with Kathleen Brenzel) Sunset’s Secret Gardens—153 Design Tips from the Pros and has contributed to both the Sunset Western Garden Book and Sunset’s Gardening in the Northwest.

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Plan Before Planting: How to create the best West Coast home for your Encore® Azaleas

Plan Before Planting: How to create the best West Coast home for your Encore® Azaleas

Learn how to properly locate your Encore Azaleas on the West Coast, so you will enjoy maximum performance and…

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My Soil, My Encores – I amend with gravel and let the water flow

My Soil, My Encores – I amend with gravel and let the water flow

Suggestions for amending West Coast clay soil to suit Encore Azaleas

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Get your West Coast Garden in Shape for Encore® Azaleas

Get your West Coast Garden in Shape for Encore® Azaleas

Tips for preparing soil and planting Encore Azaleas in West Coast gardens

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Getting the most from your Encore® Azaleas on West Coast

Getting the most from your Encore® Azaleas on West Coast

Checklist for common environmental stressors and solutions to ensure thriving Encore Azaleas on the West Coast

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Tagging Encore® Azaleas: How to make permanent markers for your plants

Tagging Encore® Azaleas: How to make permanent markers for your plants

Create tags for your plants that stand up to the elements.

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Encore® Azaleas in Containers – Helpful Ideas to Create the Best Show

Encore® Azaleas in Containers – Helpful Ideas to Create the Best Show

Advice for properly caring for Encore Azaleas in containers on the West Coast

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Wise watering helps Encore® Azaleas thrive on the West Coast

Wise watering helps Encore® Azaleas thrive on the West Coast

Advice for properly irrigating Encore Azaleas on the West Coast

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What Plays Well with My Encores?

What Plays Well with My Encores?

Advice for selecting companion plants for Encore Azaleas on the West Coast.

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Encores to the Rescue—How Encore® Azaleas are helping my garden grow from disaster

Encores to the Rescue—How Encore® Azaleas are helping my garden grow from disaster

The story of one West Coast gardener’s use of Encore Azaleas to rebuild her garden after a major windstorm.

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Grasses: Perfect Planting Companions for Encore® Azaleas on the West Coast

Grasses: Perfect Planting Companions for Encore® Azaleas on the West Coast

Advice for selecting companion plants for Encore Azaleas on the West Coast.

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Welcoming Encore® Azaleas into my West Coast Garden

Welcoming Encore® Azaleas into my West Coast Garden

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Perfect Partners: Autumn Bloomers that Strut the Stage with Encore®Azalea

Perfect Partners: Autumn Bloomers that Strut the Stage with Encore®Azalea

Native species or nativars that partner well with Encore Azaleas on the West Coast

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Frankly, deer, my Encore® Azaleas are off limits

Frankly, deer, my Encore® Azaleas are off limits

The story of one West Coast gardener’s efforts to protect her garden and Encore Azaleas from deer.

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