Building a Terrarium: From Start to Finish

Mark Gibbs is here with an in-depth lesson on planning and planting your first terrarium. Building a terrarium for small plants is a fun activity for the entire family and a worthwhile hobby for all plant lovers. Although they are simple to make, plant terrariums can be designed into works of living art with vibrant colors, contrasts, and textures. Once you start building terrariums, it is definitely hard to stop. Our gift shop has incredible open and closed environment glass terrariums, as well as a wide selection of mosses and drainage options. Additionally, our greenhouse is full of small tropical plants that will bring any small desktop terrarium to life. The Great Outdoors has everything you need to get started with your own terrarium, and with the guidance of Mark Gibbs: You cant go wrong.

Plant like a Pro: How to Plant in your Garden

New to gardening? First time planting? or do you just want to watch Mark plant something? Well here ya go! The Dean of Green, Mark Gibbs is here to show you how he adds plants to his garden beds. Planting is the most important step in the growing process, and doing it right or wrong can mean the difference between thriving, beautiful plants and struggling, sad plants. Mr. Gibbs shares some of the tips and tricks he has picked up over a lifetime of planting into landscapes, so you wont want to miss it!

Caring for African Violets

African Violets are some of the most beautiful indoor flowers you can own, and Mark Gibbs is here in The Great Outdoors Gift Shop with some tips on how to care for these colorful wonders. These plants are easy to care for if you know these few tricks! Our selection of African Violets can be found in the gift shop and we are always available to help so you have any other questions!

In the Land of Tillandsias: Caring for Air Plants

Looking for plants that don't require dirt or soil? Check out the selection of tillandsias, also known as air plants, in our gift shop. Mark Gibbs is here to give us the scoop on Tillandsia varieties, care instructions, and ideal locations! These plants are gorgeous, unique, and easy to care for (with a little knowledge). Tillandsias are epiphytic, which means instead of growing in soil, they grow on and in trees and wood crevices. This allows for so many design options for this plant: you can mount them to a piece of wood, incorporate them in terrariums, or use them as decoration in centerpieces or arrangements. This is a craft person's dream plant, so get yours and get creative!

Xeriscaping in Austin

Save water, save time, save money! Mark Gibbs guides us through the basics of creating a water wise xeriscape. Water conservation is important to Austinites, and there is no better way to conserve water than installing drought tolerant native and adapted plants. Mark introduces the incredibly informative Grow Green guide which was created by the city of Austin to help spread the word about installing drought tolerant xeriscapes that use far less water than tradtional turf landscapes.With a little knowledge, and a plan creating a xeriscape is as easy as a warm summer breeze.

Butterfly Gardening in Austin: Herbs

Butterflies love herbs! 🦋 Butterfly whisperer Mark Gibbs is here to help you pick the best herbs and edibles for pollinators. No butterfly garden would be complete without some fragrant, delicious herbs. Your butterflies will love them, and there's nothing wrong with adding more edibles to the landscape. Your butterflies will eat them up, and so will you!

Butterfly Gardening in Austin: Perennials

Butterfly season is upon us! Mark Gibbs is here to help you create a perennial garden that will host and feed our graceful winged friends throughout their life-cycles, from egg to radiant butterfly. Passionflower, salvias, lantana, gaura, mistflower, milkweed and more! Learn about guarding your butterflies from the wind by using tiers and which natives and perennial flowers work best for Austin butterflies. Stay tuned for our next video about Butterfly gardening with Herbs!

Is it Deer Proof? Deer Resistant Plants

One of the best parts of Austin is our hill country wildlife. That is true, until you start landscaping your home or garden! Deer can destroy a beautiful landscape in no time flat. Do not fret! You can plan ahead to create a Deer Proof landscape or garden. Mark Gibbs is here to tell ya there are certain plants that have qualities which our horned and hoofed friends do not like! Let Mark teach you how to outsmart deer with these deer resistant plants!

How to take Cuttings: Cut a Twig, Grow a Plant

Making Clones? Taking Cuttings? Its time to learn how! The ever stylish Mark Gibbs is here to teach you just how easy it is to clone your special plants! Finally learn the skills to cut a twig, and grow it into a tree! Trees, vines, indoor plants, outdoor plants, woody plants of all kinds can be grown from cuttings. Come in to the nursery to find out if your plant or tree can be cloned by taking a cutting and what you need to do it. Stay Tuned for our next video is about cloning your plants with a technique called Air Layering!

Rose Pruning: Part 3

Its Valentine's Day and Mark Gibbs is here to help you with fertilizing your freshly pruned roses! Fertilization is crucial to producing rose bushes that explode with blooms, and lush happy foilage. Follow these steps when fertilizing your roses and insure your Roses BOOM with blooms! This is the final segment in our three part Rose Pruning series, check out our first two Rose Pruning videos!

Rose Pruning: Part 2

Mark Gibbs is back again with Part Two in our Rose Pruning series! It's time to perfect your Rose pruning technique. How to cut, Where to cut, How many Canes to leave and How Long? Mark is here to help you take your roses to the next level! Stay Tuned for Part Three on fertilizing your Roses!

Rose Pruning: Part 1

Its time to prune those Roses! Valentine's Day is around the corner and Mark Gibbs is here to walk us through the first steps of rose pruning prep and gives us some helpful tips on what to look for! This is Part One of our three part series. In Part Two, we finish the pruning process and in Part Three, we cover fertilization and how to get the biggest boom from you blooms! Stay Tuned for more

Texas Patio Potato Farming

Its time to strike Yukon Gold! Farm a Potato "goldmine" in your backyard or patio! This week, the Dean of Green Mark Gibbs is back out on The Great Outdoors patio and he is planting Yukon Gold potatoes. Now is the perfect time to plant potatoes in Central Texas and you do not need a ton of space to grow them! Whether you are an urban micro-farmer or you are planting a large crop of potatoes, this is your guide to starting them right

Planting Onions in Austin

The time to plant Onions is here again! Come into The Great Outdoors on South Congress to find our onion sets today. Austin gardening wizard Mark Gibbs shares some tips on planting onions in Austin. This glorious root crop doesn't have to bring tears to your eyes anymore! 110 days to harvest, big beautiful Texas onions!

Re-purposing your Christmas Tree & our Fall Vegepod

Once the day is done, and your Christmas tree comes down, rather than throwing it away here are some tips on re-using it! The charming, now bearded, Mark Gibbs shares tips from 25 years of taking down trees! We also have an update on our fall veggies grown in the amazing Vegepod.

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How To Pot a Bonsai

Our greenhouse manager Chaeli Cardenas has been potting bonsai for people to purchase as Christmas gifts, so we asked her to talk us through her process! She has so many tips and tricks for you!

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The Christmas Cactus - everything you need to know

The Christmas Cactus is a unique plant, one that can be induced to flower during the festive season! The knowledgeable Mark Gibbs lays out everything you need to know, from lighting, to watering, to the tricks behind making the best blooms. It is so rare to have such amazing blooms in the winter season. A real Christmas treat!

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Living Living Christmas Trees - Grow a Family Tradition

Cut trees are great, but living trees are better! In this video the insightful Mark Gibbs lays out all the info you need to keep your tree happy and healthy! After its first Christmas inside, you can plant these evergreens in your yard. You can decorate it outside in years to come! It will grow with your family and be a wonderful seasonal reminder of years past, and years to come!

Preparing for a Freeze! What to do, what not to do, and everything in between!

it’s getting cold in Central Texas tonight! So the affable Mark Gibbs shares over 25 years of experience, that’s 25 winters! He has loads of ideas, tips and tricks that you can use to prepare your plants for colder weather. For some this may mean a move inside, and battling the dryer air of central heating, for others it may be how best to keep their roots from freezing ☃️!! Come visit us for all your wintering needs, and we’ll help you and your plant babies get through this! Any questions, let us know.

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Wildflower Seeding, Fall for Spring

The enigmatic Mark Gibbs shares everything you need to know about seeding wildflowers for the spring. Wildflowers are a special part of the landscape here in Texas. With this video you will learn about picking the best seed for your yard, preparing the soil, and a bunch of tips that will ensure your success! Questions and comments are welcome!

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How to Repot your Orchid

In this video the knowledgeable Mark Gibbs walks you through repotting an orchid! This video covers everything from soaking your potting medium to the right choice in pottery! Have a look and let us know what you think. Questions and comments welcome!

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Planting a Fall Veggie Garden - with Vegepods

It’s time to plant your fall vegetables and here is a comprehensive guide on preparing, planting and fertilizing! We are using @vegepod, a great product that is a fantastic alternative to a raised bed. Mark Gibbs guides you through planting starts and imparts decades worth of tips and tricks!

How To Properly Pot A Plant

The fantastic Mark Gibbs shares his many decades-worth of experience in potting plants with you! In this video we pot a small fig from start to finish.

Seeding Made Easy - Veggies For Fall

How To Prepare for a Garden Project

Desert Gardening: An Intro to Yucca, Cactus and Agave

Getting The Most Out of Your Air Plants: Bark Mounted Tillandsias

Creating a Wooden Plaque for Planting

Do It Yourself - Mounting a Staghorn Fern

Getting Started with Bonsai

Staying Cool in the Summer Heat


Links to "Your Garden" on Fox7 with our own Mark Gibbs.