Regional Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden at Eight

As a regular visitor to the U.S. Botanic Garden, I’ve come to love its spacious Regional Garden very gradually since installation was completed in the fall of 2006.     Now in its eight year it’s stunning, and has lots to teach us about the two regional soil zones it uses – the Coastal Plain and […]

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How Public Gardens get Gorgeous for the Holidays

Most people assume that gardens can’t look good in the winter – at least where there IS winter.  But Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia is here to disprove that notion, with photos by their volunteer “resident photographer,” Tom Stovall.  First, some shots of their Winter Walk of Lights,...

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Posted by on December 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Don’t be a bad botanical gardens board member like me

At the end of this year, I will have completed my two allotted terms on the board of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. I use the strictly technical meaning of the term “completed.” My name has appeared on the list of board of directors on the BECBG...

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Posted by on December 15, 2014 at 9:08 am   This post has 2 responses.

Swarthmore: One of the Most Beautiful Campuses in America

I first visited and fell in love with the Scott Arboretum, covering the entire campus of Swarthmore College, back in 2008 when I visited for a talk on lawn alternatives.  I finally made a return visit last month when I attended its annual Perennial Plant Conference, where some of the top...

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 6:07 am   This post has 8 responses.

Meeting Animals

You may not be surprised to hear that, though I adore plants, I garden primarily for animals and the life they bring to a place. Growing up, I was taught by my mother to treat animals gently and respectfully, whether they are pets or wild creatures. Mom and I...

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 at 1:11 am   This post has 5 responses.

Praising Our Public Gardens: A Video Tribute to Idaho Botanical Garden

The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) holds its annual conference in Denver next week. The theme is Everyday Magic: The Transformative Nature of Public Gardens. With tracks on education, leadership, art, horticulture, and more, the program schedule underlines just how hard public gardens work to lure visitors and to...

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 at 9:29 am   This post has 11 responses.

The Public Food Forest: Clever Solution or Future Flop?

Public food forests are a shiny new trend in the United States. Focused on perennial crops such as fruit- and nut-bearing trees and shrubs, they embody the values of permaculture (which I’ve touted elsewhere) : generosity, abundance, good health and nutrition, and food security. If they are developed and...

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Posted by on February 5, 2014 at 3:49 am   This post has 26 responses.

White House Garden!

For my first-ever White House garden tour I was expecting long lines and lots of hassles, but instead was greeted with the sound of this military band, and NO line at all (thanks to early arrival). Lots of welcoming staffers and volunteers, fast security screening, and glorious weather. There...

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