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Native Turf Grasses

I’m starting this post with a picture I’ve previously published in this blog.  At the risk of seeming repetitive, I want to explain why...

The Latest from Doug Tallamy

GardenRant posts this week have gone there - questioning the rarely questioned conventional wisdom these days about native-plant superiority and those bad "exotics." Today...

More native musings

I’m encouraged by Tony Avent’s recent piece on the native plant debate to address a couple of points, actually open-ended questions, that may inspire...

Another voice in the native debate

As clashes of extreme views continue to dominate the national political discourse, we have been noting how even the gardening world has fallen into...

Sweet Home Arizona – Horticultural Happiness on the Road

So there we were at the Tucson Botanical Gardens 1,800 miles from our house and still feeling right at home. The good botanical gardens do...

Pretty in Snow

Seeing Elizabeth's snow photos of Buffalo made me want to share nice snow shots from MY part of the world, so here goes. We don't...

Keep Your friends Close, Keep Your Anemones Closer

I have a sentimental weakness for my children, and I spoiled them. I’m talking about my two masculine children, Tom and Fredo. And I...

History of Landscapes Starts with Stonehenge. Really.

As threatened promised, I'm blogging the History of Landscape course I'm taking at the University of Maryland, and here's my first post. The (fabulous) teacher I'll...

Still and serene

You’ve just seen beautiful color images of Buffalo gardens in July. Western New York doesn’t quite look like that now. Color is not the...

Buffalo Garden Book Give-Away and My Best Buffalo Shots

It had to happen - a book about the Buffalo-Style Gardens that have become the talk of the gardening world, especially among garden writers. And it...

Fill Your Hands with Mud

  Mary Oliver is my comfort this gray winter. I have been reading and rereading her poem “Rice”since her death last month. I don't want you...

For the birds

Many people I know find all kinds of reasons not to feed birds in winter. The most common are: The food attracts rats. Indeed,...

Smart Lawns

Few things in gardening are as polarizing as opinions about lawns. On the one hand, the position of the mainstream turf and landscaping industry is...

I’m a Landscape Architecture Student!

I may have mentioned that I've gone back to college, taking classes at the University of Maryland campus near me, tuition-free. I got my feet...

How Do You Cut Down a Family Tree?

It’s been more than 30 years...
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