I LOVE Tyson M. Weiss’s unique and creative art accents for the home and garden. His design focuses on the visual–cerebral sensations of ‘flow’ that is most clearly seen by the way schools of fish curve in response to elements throughout an underwater landscape. Who could have dreamed of such an enchanting concept and then…

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I have been a long-time fan (and customer) of Bluestone Perennials, owned by Bill and Sarah Boonstra. This family-owned business (started by Bill’s father in 1972) is a premier mail-order company featuring exceptional perennials, shrubs and bulbs. Bluestone Perennials has been rated by garden consumers for many years among the top 30 gardening mail-order companies…

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I have to be one of the biggest fans of Broken Arrow Nursery, although I’m sure many of you are saying the same thing. This premier, family-owned, destination nursery is located in Hamden, CT. This candy store of unusual perennials, shrubs, conifers and trees will have you captivated – be sure to allow plenty of…

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Helianthus ‘Suncredible Yellow’.  Oh my! That is what I kept saying as I watched ‘Suncredilbe Yellow’ bloom nonstop with NO DEADHEADING from June through September. I was trialing it in a container. It’s a rockstar! I was so impressed by its beautiful branching habit with 4”, pollinator-friendly flowers appearing all over the plant, not just…

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Cotinus coggygria ‘Winecraft Black.  I fell in love with this purple-leaved smokebush the minute I saw it. Even though I find the frothy pinkish flowers appealing, it was the eye-catching purple foliage on this compact shrub that landed it in my shopping cart. ‘Winecraft Black’ is now a striking focal point in my front garden.…

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As our nation continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak, spending time outdoors, especially in the garden, promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The ongoing temporary closure of nonessential businesses is also impacting many garden centers. On March 21, Estabrook’s Garden Center (a large, multi-site nursery where I work), made the difficult decision to close to…

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The American Gardener is one of the very best gardening magazines I have ever subscribed to, and I subscribe to a lot! This exceptional bi-monthly publication is produced by the American Horticultural Society, and is a benefit to Society members. To give you an idea of how amazing the articles are, some of the engaging…

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The mosquitos are worse than ever this year.  The minute I step out into my gardens, I am attacked by swarms.  Usually I am not bothered by these blood-lusting creatures.  Studies have shown that certain blood types are more pestered by mosquitos than others. Mosquitos are most attracted to Type O blood and least attracted…

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