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Time to “Rethink Pretty” in the Garden

Benjamin Vogt and I began an email exchange last March after I read his very interesting A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future.

What’s your corpse flower’s name? Ours is Morty.

It’s that time of year again. Our local botanical gardens has joined the ranks of other such sites across the US to introduce a...

Returning a Town’s Perennial Border to Lawn?

Of all the historic buildings in my town, my favorite is what's now the Community Center, so it's full of artists, dancers, seniors and...

If snake killing is wrong, then my dog Opal doesn’t want to do right

When I lived near the Luray TN bottoms, the dogs and I often walked the field road to the back of a farm tract...

Embracing an “invasive native”

Like many beginning gardeners, I was initially attracted by easy, “do it all” solutions. I soon learned that there are no such things, but...

Turning an Invasive Species into a Resource

The black locust, insists its harvester Blue Sky, “is a much maligned tree.”  A native of the central Appalachians and Ozark Mountains, it has...

Wollam Gardens, a Cut-Flower Success Story

My connection to Wollam Gardens, the cut-flower farm in the Virginia exurbs of D.C., starts with this ridiculously cute couple - Hillary Gottemoeller and...

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

    Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf opens with Oudolf pulling out colored pens and drawing, with his left hand, bright squiggles, slashes, curlicues and...

Navigating With Butterflies – Up, Up and A Weigh

As it turns out butterflies are not free. They can cost anywhere from $3 to $6 each. They will arrive at your doorstep in...

Two Great Events You Can Attend

On June 29 the Slow Flower Summit is happening in Washington, D.C.! The website tells us: Developed and produced by Debra Prinzing and Slow Flowers LLC, this one-day event...

Container rules are meant to follow, bend, or break

In a recent column, Washington Post gardening columnist Adrian Higgins addressed the long-hallowed “thriller/filler/spiller” theory of container gardening. He defended it and debunked it...

Kentucky’s Secret Gardens

Looking for inspiration and information? Catch a glimpse of Kentucky's Secret Gardens. Author Tavia Cathcart Brown hosts the documentary, sponsored by Kentucky Education Television (KET)....

Making Gardens Safer from Ticks: No More Wildlife Gardening

I recently wrote about how gardeners freaked out about Lyme Disease are supposed to dress for gardening. It's NOT a pretty picture and to prove that...

Lawn culture is the problem, not lawns

And lawn culture is still very much an issue. Otherwise, why would garden centers still be selling so much weed ‘n’ feed? I know from...

Gardening For Health!

I remember a day in April of 2003. It was one of those mythic, glorious spring days that sporadically show up between late freezes...

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