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VISIT BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AROUND THE COUNTRY – DAY TRIPS AND LONGER

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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Mosquito Madness!

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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Flower Perfumania!

The fragrance of Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis), like some Oriental and Orienpet lilies, can either cause you to swoon or gag. Some find the fragrance intoxicating – others find it overpowering. Hyacinth is one of the longest-lived spring blooming bulbs.  They come in all colors from white, cream, pink, deep purple, lavender, apricot, cobalt blue and…

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GARDEN DESIGN OFFERS A WEALTH OF GREAT GARDENING IDEAS

I was sad to see Garden Design discontinue their one-of-a-kind, quarterly gardening magazine, BUT thank goodness their website abounds with even MORE fantastic gardening features and ideas. The website is a great tool to use while planning (or dreaming about) your garden. This online resource of photo galleries, plant information, and design details is free…

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Over the Top Container Designs

I have become increasingly interested in creating head-turning containers since moving to our condominium in Maine four years ago. Gardening space is at a premium. Containers of all sizes and shapes decorate my front deck, side porch, entrance sidewalk and spots in the landscape where it is impossible to dig in the ground. Many of…

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Daylilies and Dreamy Gardens

Garden Design magazine is geared to garden enthusiasts! If you love full-length stories (some run 10 to 20 pages to include lots of glorious photography) on plants, gardens, and practical design ideas—all presented without ads – then Garden Design is for you. If you don’t get Garden Design yet, the Summer 2018 issue is a…

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A flowering Vine to Fall in Love With

Passionflowers are exotic looking vines that make your heart race. I have grown a number of these beauties, all of which have been in the passiflora species. Most varieties are native to subtropical or tropical regions but there are a few that are cold hardy to Zones 6 and 7. Given that I garden in…

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Stonegate, an Amazing Organic Estate Farm

Garden Design magazine once again hits a home run with their spring, 2018 issue. My friend, Adrian Bloom’s masterwork, Bressingham Gardens, was featured in the last issue. The springmagazine tips a hat to another friend’s horticultural expertise, Matthew Benson. Matthew is not only a fantastic plantsman, author and cook, he is also an award-winning photographer.…

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IN SEARCH OF PERFECT PLANTS!

I have been a long-time fan of Richard Hawke and the plant evaluation trials that he oversees at Chicago Botanic Garden, an extraordinary public garden. The 2.5 acre Bernice E. Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden (Zone 5b) has been the testing ground for over 40 different genera, many of which are perennials. The winter issue of…

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Holllister House Gardens is a MUST Visit

Last week I excitedly opened the winter issue of Garden Design and was once again treated to a collection of stunningly beautiful photographs complemented with valuable design and plant tips. The first feature I dove into was about Hollister House Gardens in Litchfield County, Connecticut. (photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo) This 25-acre public garden has…

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