Articles by Stephan Winterfeldt

Stephan Winterfeldt graduated from the University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture. The specialized program provides technical, communication, and management skills to lead successful agricultural enterprises.

As part of his formal education, Steve participated in Harvard University’s summer program at the Arnold Arboretum for more professor-guided, hands-on expertise. Prior to joining the team at J&P Park Acquisitions (JPPA, the parent company of Park Seed, Jackson & Perkins, and Wayside Gardens), Steve lead plant growing and finishing programs at major nurseries.

For nearly 20 years at JPPA, Steve has provided customers and gardeners with expert plant care advice, horticultural best practices, and professional growing instructions. This experience and his educational credentials make him ideally suited for creating expert articles and insightful blogs that help gardeners find success and joy in their gardens.
Garden Learning Center
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Garden Learning Center

Learn about Park Seed's rich history and explore expert gardening tips and high-quality seeds in our Garden Learning Center.

Gardening How Tos
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Gardening How Tos

Discover practical gardening tips on seed starting, pruning, and more to help you cultivate a lush, thriving garden.

Know Before You Grow
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Know Before You Grow

We've gathered growing tips by popular seed and plant types. Browse the list, click to learn more before you grow.

Know Before You Grow: Zinnias
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Know Before You Grow: Zinnias

Browse our guide on zinnias to bring unparalleled vibrancy and beauty to your summer garden with these easy-to-grow flowers.

Know Before You Grow: Apples
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Know Before You Grow: Apples

Find tips for growing apples and enjoy fresh fruits you can pick yourself. 

Know Before You Grow: Cover Crops
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Know Before You Grow: Cover Crops

Explore how cover crops enrich soil, suppress weeds, and nurture your garden, with tips on selection, planting, and spring management.

Bulb Care Instructions
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Bulb Care Instructions

Unlock the secrets of successful bulb planting with our expert guide on soil prep, planting, and care for flourishing blooms.

Unlocking New Possibilities: The USDA Hardiness Zone Map and Your Garden
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Unlocking New Possibilities: The USDA Hardiness Zone Map and Your Garden

Recent updates to the USDA Hardiness Zone Map reflect our changing climate, offering gardeners the chance to explore new plant varieties. With zones shifting warmer, gardeners can now grow a broader selection of perennials, fruits, and exotic plants, enhancing diversity and resilience in their gardens.

How to Grow and Care for Coreopsis
How to Make a Pet Friendly Garden
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How to Make a Pet Friendly Garden

Planning a garden your four-legged family members can enjoy too. 

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