I recently attended an inspirational and motivating IPM (Integrated Pest Management) class at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. The 6-hour program amazed me with the new information I learned about insect and disease management concerning edible and ornamental gardens, as well as tree care. (Photo of beneficial ladybug larvae. Both ladybugs and the…

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be hosting the Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium in 2020. On the upside, I am excited about organizing this premier Northeast symposium in 2021 at a stunning new location to be announced. Please stay tuned.

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Yummy berries for birds come in so many brilliant colors, including red, blue, purple, orange, pink, and yellow. The display is further enhanced by those with striking fall foliage. The icing on the cake is watching excited birds feasting on these tasty treats. Below are a few terrific natural ‘bird feeders’ to consider adding to…

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Vernonia.  Commonly called Ironweed, this genus includes about 1,000 species of perennials, shrubs and trees native to North America. The plant supposedly gets its common name from the fact that it has tough, erect stems and rusty looking seed clusters as flowers age. Most species can tolerate clay soil. In this feature I will zoom…

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I recently discovered Garden Design’s Garden Tours page. One glance and I became engrossed in fascinating tour suggestions, both for self-guided day trips (on the East and West Coast) plus overnight guided tours. The page also has fascinating articles on magnificent public gardens, accompanied by breathtaking photography. But be forewarned – you may lose track…

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I am excited about producing two inspirational gardening webinars this winter. Both webinars include pages of lecture notes as well as a CEU form for Master Gardeners and green industry professionals, AND can be viewed anytime, as many times as you wish after the live broadcast. Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, the majority of registrants…

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I had the pleasure of meeting Alaya Boisvert when I spoke in Vancouver, BC this past spring. What a brilliant, inspirational, and deep-thinking woman.  Her father is the proprietor of Plantskydd Animal Repellants, a SUPERIOR product that I use in my gardens. Alaya and her former husband, Douglas, recently started an amazing website and blog titled Adventures in Co-Parenting.  As…

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Garden space in front of Cole-Harrison Insurance Agency before (above) and after (below) memorial garden installed On Memorial Day weekend my twin sister and I installed a memorial garden (that I designed) in honor of her husband, Jeff. The garden was planted in front of Cole-Harrison Insurance Agency, located on the main street in Kennebunk.…

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One of the easiest ways to add three seasons of color to a landscape is with foliage. Let’s face it, leaves require a lot less maintenance than most flowers. Yes, we need flowers for their beauty and as a food source for pollinators, but if we introduce more color from leaves (other than various shades/tints…

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