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Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works

January 17, 2014

What on Earth have plants been doing for us? Everything! It’s true, humans would not exist without plants. “Plants have always been, and always will be, the only renewable, sustainable supply of all our needs,” writes Timothy Walker, author of Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works. It’s tempting to think of plants […]

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Wanted: Bugs for Natural Pest Control

January 10, 2014
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The problem is the solution: Attracting beneficial bugs to your garden

January 6, 2014

Jessica Walliser, author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, used to spray pesticides. Once she was educated about the harmful effects of this practice, however, she began looking for an organic solution. And that’s where the bugs come in. Bugs can be pests. They can also be predators that feed on the pests. To […]

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3 views of the jewel box garden at Brandywine Cottage

December 8, 2013

David Culp achieves year-round visual interest in the gardens at Brandywine Cottage, his home in Pennsylvania. The jewel box garden, tucked in near the house, is a good example. Here, David shares his approach to creating a layered garden in this spot.

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Signature planting: developing an identity

December 7, 2013

The idea of signature is a strong one in the art world, the distinctive stamp of an artist or maker. Good garden designers have all developed a very strong signature, so that the knowledgeable could probably recognize one of their gardens if they were parachuted into one they had not seen before. Gardens too can […]

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Natives and exotics: Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf weigh in on the debate

December 3, 2013

The long-standing debate over the role of native and exotic (introduced) species continues, with an unfortunate tendency toward adopting entrenched positions in some countries (such as the USA) or arousing little interest in others (Japan). The key issue is the role of plants in gardens and designed landscapes to contribute to biodiversity by supporting food […]

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Using bulbs in the layered garden

December 2, 2013

One of the easiest ways to add layers of interest to any garden is with hardy bulbs. They have beautiful (and sometimes unusual) flowers, come in a rainbow of colors, and bloom in all four seasons of the year. They range in size from 6-inch snowdrops to lilies that can tower 6 feet or more.

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5 common styles to consider when selecting garden furnishings

November 12, 2013

“When it comes to selecting garden furnishings, you can never ignore style,” writes Vanessa Nagel in The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings. Whether a designer uses only one style or a mix of several, the primary considerations should always be proportion and detail. “Consistency and harmony are essential. After all, if the line, form, […]

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The Unexpected Houseplant: A wish list

September 20, 2013

The thing I like most about Tovah Martin is that she doesn’t make a distinction between outdoor and indoor gardening. They are both simply elements of the same continuum. For her, the end of the outdoor garden season is only the beginning of the indoor garden season. But what about those of us with no […]

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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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