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3 gift ideas for the reflective gardener

December 11, 2017

Some gardeners aren’t content to hibernate like bulbs in winter, they must continue to grow, even in the snowy season. These gardeners are easy to spot: their kitchen table becomes littered with seed catalogs almost as soon as the turkey is gone and their holiday wish-list contains things like knee pads and hose extensions. They […]

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An excerpt from Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

April 11, 2017

I am the person you spot up in the tree, dirt smeared across my face. “Is that a large bird up there?” you may wonder.

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Pruning your rhododendron

March 23, 2017

Rhododendron is a large genus, with more than 1,000 evergreen and deciduous tree and shrub species and many cultivars. The national flower of Nepal and state flower of both West Virginia and Washington State, rhododendrons thrive in environments with moist, well-drained, acid soil and dappled shade. Although this group requires very little pruning, it is important […]

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Pick the perfect perennial

March 16, 2017

Selecting new flowers to plant this spring? Before falling in love with a colorful bloom, you’ll want to know if the maintenance requirements are a good fit for your garden. Which plants need cutting back after flowering? Which ones should be divided every year, or every 10 years, and so forth? Luckily Tracy DiSabato-Aust has the […]

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What you need to know about deadheading

March 16, 2017

As the “deadhead queen,” I frequently speak and write on the importance of removing old or spent dead flowers. If you are looking for more information about rock ’n’ rollers, this is not the right place, although that might sound somewhat more intriguing. . .

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Pruning to prepare for spring

March 16, 2017

It used to be accepted practice to cut down most perennials in autumn. Fortunately, as our appreciation for the winter forms and our awareness of the habits of birds and butterflies advances, we no longer mindlessly go out and cut everything back at once, leaving the garden naked of any sign of dormant plants.

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An interview with Tracy DiSabato-Aust

February 15, 2017

“No one should to be a slave to their garden. A garden should be enjoyed and give peace.” —Tracy DiSabato-Aust

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An interview with Leslie Buck

February 7, 2017

“Even more than success, mistakes are the key to learning and personal growth, and the lessons often stick.” —Leslie Buck

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Meet the original garden gossip: Beverly Nichols

December 1, 2016

Although you may not have read Down the Garden Path or Garden Open Today, you will soon come to love their unjustly neglected writer, Beverley Nichols. Witty, sardonic, and full of garden mischief, Nichols was a talented and fascinating man. Meet the original garden gossip in this introduction by Bryan Connon, author of Beverley Nichols: A Life. Nichols burst onto the literary […]

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An interview with Wendy Kiang-Spray

November 22, 2016

“I think most gardeners could tell a life story based on their changing gardens.” —Wendy Kiang-Spray

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