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Posts by Thomas Christopher:
- Turn off the tap for a better garden
- Challenging Our Assumptions
- A New Take on Invasive Plants
- Management, Not Maintenance
- Goals for a New Year
- A Better Way With Weeds
- A Belated Goodbye
- Cellar Holes
- Stone Moving
- Remedial Gardening
- Fall Planting
- A Prickly Situation
- Benefits of Drought
- Bug Hunting
- What’s Native?
- Designing with your hoe
- Shopping for Annuals and Perennials
- Gardening to Beat Climate Change
- Plant Shopping Dos and Don’ts
- Perils of Plantsmanship
My father was a compulsive tree planter, but it was my mother who taught me the finer points of gardening.
Her homeschooling was followed by two years in the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture, and then ten years as horticulturist at an Olmsted Brothers designed estate on the Hudson River Palisades.
I’ve worked as a horticultural journalist for 30 years, contributing to publications ranging from Martha Stewart Living to the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society and The New York Times. My most recent book is Essential Perennials, a guide to the best contemporary perennial flowers co-authored with Ruth Rogers Clausen and published by Timber Press. I’m currently working on a book about ecological gardening with Larry Weaner.
My special enthusiasms include sustainable gardening, especially sustainable lawns; heirloom chicken breeds; and recreating vintage New England hard ciders.
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