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The Impact of Orange

January 24, 2019 Gardening, Perennials

[caption id="attachment_6720" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Solar by Rosenthal[/caption] Back in the early 60’s, Danish Modern furniture and décor was all the rage.  As engaged couples do, Niki and I chose a china pattern called Solar and put it on our wedding…

Are Natives Misunderstood?

[caption id="attachment_6710" align="aligncenter" width="459"] Asclepias incarnata in prairie[/caption] After reading an article by Amanda Thompson in one of the green industry magazines to which I subscribe, I feel the need to discuss what it means to grow native plants. Growing…

Are Plants Sociable?

At the beginning of the week, I was in Toronto to speak at Landscape Ontario, a combination of huge trade show and several educational courses. The speaker before me on Tuesday was Thomas Rainer who authored a book with Claudia…

Low Maintenance Perennials

[caption id="attachment_6681" align="aligncenter" width="460"] 1998 Plant Delights Spring catalog - always entertaining as well as enlightening.[/caption] It’s that time of year and our mailboxes are starting to fill with seed and plant catalogs. So we start reading and dreaming about…

Giving Thanks

December 27, 2018 Uncategorized

This has been an amazing year and I have so much for which to be grateful. My book, Garden Renovation, has been selling very well and because of it, I have traveled the country, speaking about it and other landscape…

Container Theme Gardens

December 20, 2018 Books, Gardening, Perennials

This is a book written for those who don’t have space for in-ground gardening, only have enough time to create container gardens, and/or for those who wish augment their gardens and homes with container plantings. [caption id="attachment_6569" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Disguising…

A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place

Although I’ve heard about them for years, I’ve never met the O’Byrnes but, after reading  A Tapestry Garden, I feel as though I’ve encountered friends who share my love of gardening. For us, it is play, not work, and the…