European Garden Travels with Carolyn

Vlinderhof If I ever go on a European garden tour, I’ll choose one that features gardens that are interesting to American gardeners and designers and about gardening today, not the usual tour ...

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What do we think about stone?

Well, duh. We love stone, right? Stone is the highest and best type of garden hardscaping, right? Better than brick, better than wood, way, way better than plastic. And resin? Really? This ...

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Trump, a Cabbage Palm or Sassafras

Photo courtesy of Andrew Cline and shutterstock.com I had no idea it was National Margarita Day. A Sanibel Island waitress mentioned it to us a few weeks ago. I was trying to ...

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Plants for crazy sports fans? Sure, why not?

Pete Gilmore for Sporticulture, at MANTS last month. Mums potted up in Ravens and Redskins containers for that special football-plant lover in your life? Okay, not necessarily those teams – these were ...

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The politics of decay

From the Majewski compost site I gave up on home composting a few years back after briefly trying a tall tumbler; there was no good place to keep it, and my neglect ...

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A Dark Place

Sentinals, standing guard, making shade, protecting the dark spaces I’m vacationing in Northern California this week, on the Russian River, enjoying a break from the bleak, scorching brightness of LA. It is ...

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Wild means wild

Erythronium americanum image courtesy of Shutterstock The season is almost upon us here in Western New York. Snowdrops came and went in early February, though I see just a few late bloomers ...

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