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An interview with author Marta McDowell of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

January 15, 2014

Beatrix Potter was an author, businesswoman, and conservationist. She was also a gardener. This part of her life, often a direct inspiration for her work, has been neglected by historians. Until now. Author Marta McDowell shares here some of what she discovered while writing Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, a book Deborah Needleman calls “a biography […]

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Video in the garden with Debra Baldwin

December 17, 2013

We don’t often associate writers with video. Like the rest of us, writers have found their way online, and using social media can now communicate directly with their audience. Like us, they share links, upcoming events, or pictures of their kids or pets (or both), but how many of them use video as a means […]

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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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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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Landscaping for privacy: Buffers, barriers, and screens

January 23, 2013

Landscaping for privacy can be about more than not being seen while bathing in the hot tub. It might be that you want to create a sense of distance between the front door and a busy street, reduce noise from neighbors close by, or just hide an unsightly wall. Here are some examples of ways […]

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How to choose all-star plants: 10 tips on bringing the right plant home

January 11, 2013

Wondering how to pick the best plants for your garden? There are many things to consider when shopping for plants. Here are 10 tips on bringing the right plant home taken from Andrew Keys’ new book, Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants.

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How to choose all-star plants: Defining which plants can grow in your garden

January 9, 2013

The following is excerpted from Andrew Keys’ Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants If the garden is the high school musical, then plants must be its cast of characters, and, of course, the cycle of seasons is its plot. Like every good play, then, every good […]

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How to choose all-star plants: Connecting the design dots from troublesome seducer to all-star solution

January 8, 2013

The following is excerpted from Andrew Keys’ Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants The plant kingdom is a living lineup of sensuous charac­ters. Plants enrich and inform our most treasured outdoor spaces—and many indoors too—with scent, sound, touch, and taste, and most importantly, with sight. Visually […]

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Season’s Greetings

December 19, 2012

 

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Awe and understanding: 3 gift ideas for garden inspiration

December 11, 2012

Inspiration can move us to new heights. Or just plain move us. It can get us out of bed in the morning and fuel our dreams at night. Inspiration is often the reason for writing a book, or in our case, for publishing one. To be useful, inspiration must be shared, and whether the result […]

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