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). I was flattered to be included in a small piece of the first round of Kentucky’s Secret Gardens, and I enjoyed the show more than I had imagined. Videographer and […]

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Posted by on May 19, 2018 at 8:03 am   This post has no responses.

Obama in the Garden

Just when I thought I couldn’t miss Obama any more than I do, I see this shot of him looking soooo happy to be in the Rose Garden on a beautiful day. Here’s the other favorite shot of White House photographer Pete Souza showing Obama in his garden. Sigh....

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Posted by on May 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Fantasy Forest

  Every neighborhood needs a microforest. The ingredients require a passionate, knowledgeable conductor, committed volunteers and a patch of land. Curious children, nurtured by good teachers and mentors, will come running. Connie May is the Fantasy Forest conductor. Connie was the wildflower propagator at the beloved (former) Shooting Star...

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Posted by on May 9, 2018 at 7:46 am   This post has 8 responses.

Austin: ten years later and even better

More than 90 garden bloggers got together for three days of garden touring in Austin last weekend. It is a return to the first such get-together, which took place in April, 2008. I was one of those Austin, 2008 bloggers, organized a similar weekend in Buffalo in 2010, and...

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Posted by on May 8, 2018 at 11:13 am   This post has 6 responses.

When Porches Feel like Garden Rooms

For decades I gardened on the edge of a wooded valley, which I could see best – for views like this one in the spring – standing at the edge of my deck. From inside the house the best view was from my kitchen looking out the door to...

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Posted by on March 23, 2018 at 8:54 am   This post has 16 responses.

What Happens when a Rain Garden isn’t Weeded

I love this rain garden in my neighborhood, on land owned by my co-op, even as it’s changed over the years. There once were many more types of plants here, though without a plant list I can’t name them. Here’s the only sign at the garden, an old, weathered...

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Posted by on February 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm   This post has 2 responses.

The SAD Pursuit of Inner Happiness

Current politics notwithstanding, I again deal in late winter with a mild case of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – that sluggish, depressed feeling that winter has already lasted 15 months, why should anyone have to get out of bed before noon and why is it I can’t even...

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Posted by on January 29, 2018 at 8:39 am   This post has 11 responses.

Season’s greetings from Key West

Where: -You would barely imagine that a category 4-5 hurricane had swept past just a few months previously. -Santa is everywhere, as a culture of white-bearded men has already long been in place and just requires a few seasonal tweaks. -Front gardens are the most creative in the less-moneyed...

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Posted by on December 21, 2017 at 9:23 am   This post has 5 responses.

The landscaping potential of snow

It’s not 12/21 yet, but winter has officially begun in Western New York; I had gotten my final bulbs in just a few days before the season’s first major snowfall hit on 12/10 (making for a really bizarre football game that day). For the most part snowstorms are no...

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Posted by on December 14, 2017 at 11:53 am   This post has 2 responses.

A Back Porch Recipe for Peace

Gardening offers me an outside recipe for inner peace, or at least the opportunity to go hide on our screened-in back porch and ponder the meaning of life, mortality and the furrowed bark and brilliant fall colors of our three-flowered maple. I look out, and the pink and white...

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Posted by on October 30, 2017 at 8:15 am   This post has 9 responses.

There’s fall color—and fall color

Every day on my way to work, I always look at a certain house, just before I make my final turn. It is the one vibrant spot of color on a block, which, though perfectly nice, is typified by sedate, small front lawns and a few foundation plantings. But...

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Posted by on October 26, 2017 at 10:02 am   This post has 5 responses.

The Gardens (and More) of Asbury Park, NJ

When I go to the beach it’s in the spring or fall, and even in glorious weather like we’re enjoying this week, I don’t really lie on the beach. As a plantaholic, I gravitate toward nearby gardens and plant-filled natural areas instead. There the blogger in me takes over,...

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Rant from the road: resort horticulture

Vacations are always busmens’ holidays for gardeners. Whether it’s a tropical paradise, a stateside resort, or a European capital, gardeners can’t help but notice what’s planted, where it’s planted, and how well it’s designed. We don’t actually work on the gardens where we stay, but we’re doing it in...

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Posted by on August 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm   This post has one response.

When it comes to gardening coverage, think locally!

I can’t remember a time when the Houston Chronicle wasn’t a part of my life.  My parents were faithful subscribers, just as my husband and I have been since we married in 1983.  I was fortunate enough to be a contract employee for a while, working with garden editor...

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Posted by Cindy McMorris Tournier on August 1, 2017 at 9:07 am   This post has 14 responses.

The quick and dirty tricks of the yearly show gardener

Keep in mind that I’m not talking about gardens that are regularly visited by the public, via bus tours, Open Days, and appointments. Those are the real show gardens, and they don’t need to resort to subterfuge because they are maintained by dedicated owners (and sometimes staff) and they...

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Posted by on July 25, 2017 at 10:00 am   This post has 7 responses.

Garden Update Five Years On

Since ripping out the turfgrass in my new townhouse garden in 2012, I’m still waiting for the turfless garden to look DONE, like Evelyn Hadden’s new garden seems to have done in barely a season. Here you see the front garden in late May, after the azaleas were done....

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Posted by on July 21, 2017 at 5:27 am   This post has 10 responses.

What is “cute”?

The other day, a visiting friend gasped when he saw a rat run across a corner of the suburban Connecticut yard where I garden during the week.  I shuddered when he told me.  I could guess what had drawn the creature:  we have a henhouse full of geriatric chickens...

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Posted by on July 17, 2017 at 10:43 am   This post has 6 responses.

Garden Bloggers take DC (area)

First, it must be stressed that I am not a good tour taker. I love looking at gardens, but I can enjoy a smaller garden pretty quickly, and then I’m done. I’m better in big public gardens, where you can keep moving and there’s always something different around the...

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Posted by on July 11, 2017 at 10:28 am   This post has 3 responses.

I’m a City Center Gardener

People in my town routinely pass this garden spot as they walk from the parking lot to the town center (appropriately named Roosevelt Center, since the town was built as a New Deal works and housing project). But walk a few more steps and just before reaching the Center you...

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 at 7:37 am   This post has 9 responses.

Mort Libby

Scott Beuerlein returns with another Guest Rant and pays tribute to one of the good ones. Somewhere back in the late 80s, I decided I knew more than at least half the landscapers out there and took that as a sign that it was time to start a side...

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Posted by Scott Beuerlein on July 5, 2017 at 7:58 am   This post has 10 responses.