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Why birds have the bills they do

September 5, 2013

Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams ______________________________

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Gardening for the Birds: 5 places, 5 birds

August 21, 2013

The key to providing food and shelter for birds is using native plants. Beside being a familiar source of food and habitat, gardening with native plants can also limit invasive species and predatory bird populations by strengthening the number of native birds. But how can you know what birds are native to your area and […]

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Common garden hummingbirds of North America

August 18, 2013

Of the 19 hummingbird species that migrate in North America, only 8 species travel considerably north of the Mexican border. In the Far West, 7 species nest, 4 species nest in Canada, and only 1 species, the ruby-throated hummingbird, regularly nests in the eastern half of North America. These are some of the hummingbirds most […]

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Providing for hummingbirds in the garden

August 18, 2013

Hummingbirds are the exquisite jewels of the garden, and they are also major pollinators and insect predators. As the bird probes the long, tubular flowers with its long, thin bill, pollen is deposited on the bird’s head and then transferred to the next bloom. The tubular flowers hold their nectar deep enough to deny less […]

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Do-it-yourself garden and lawn fertilizers

August 15, 2013

There are several ways to make your own plant foods. Each is dependent on what kind of gardens you have and what kind of gardener you are, as well as the sources of supplies. Some gardeners make  one fertilizer that can be used with most plants. Others develop specific  mixes for different kinds of plants, […]

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Linking furnishings to architecture: 9 considerations

August 1, 2013

Every beautifully designed building has a distinctive architectural language. If you can identify the building’s broad vernacular, you can more easily identify the most appropriate style of furnishings for the garden. When reviewing architectural character, consider the following categories:

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Shrinking the design rules for miniature gardens

July 13, 2013

Any design process is mixed with a variety of elements; creating a garden is no different in complexity than designing a dress or the interior of a room. You need to know what to look for first, and how the pieces come together into one design. For example, when identifying the anchor point of the […]

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7 historic leaders of American garden design

June 20, 2013

When researching historic American garden design, you’ll eventually run into leading garden designers, the taste-makers of their times. From the seed curator of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the originator of the outdoor dining room, here are seven “giants of gardening” that Denise Adams and Laura Burchfield came across when researching their book, American […]

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5 philosophical approaches to gardening

May 28, 2013

The past three decades have seen the emergence or revitalization of five important philosophical approaches to gardening, each of which incorporates elements of natural ecosystems into the new sustainable garden.

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Signature planting: Piet Oudolf

April 25, 2013

The following Piet Oudolf projects exemplify what have become recognized as strong signatures in the garden and landscape press, or otherwise stand out for me as signature plantings. —Noel Kingsbury

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