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Making the most of limited space

January 13, 2015

Andrea Bellamy outlines the basics of creating abundant and attractive Small-Space Vegetable Gardens. When you want to grow food in a small space, every square inch of soil has to work extra hard. Experienced small-space gardeners use a number of techniques to get the most from their gardens. Practicing succession planting, vertical growing, and winter […]

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The Living Landscape: Applying layers to the Home Garden

August 7, 2014

What brings life to a landscape? Gardening is unique among the arts because its primary materials are literally alive, but are gardens merely beautiful arrangements of living objects? A growing awareness of a broad range of environmental relationships suggests the traditional object-oriented approach to garden-making is unable to guide us in the design and care […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life [Excerpt]

January 23, 2014

Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, tells us, “Beatrix Potter was a late bloomer, gardening-wise.” She was forty years old before she had her first season as a gardener. Her interest in the natural world, however, began long before that. In the following excerpt, learn about the beginnings of what proved to be […]

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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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