Perennially Yours Blog


Feb 21, 2020

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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Feb 18, 2020

I have been asked repeatedly about the status of this year’s Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium. Unfortunately, due to a number of complicated reasons, I am not able to host the symposium this year. BUT, I am fully intending to hold the 16th symposium in 2021. The date and details will be in a future…

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Uncommon Reseeding Annuals

Feb 15, 2020

A recent gardening article reminded me of two enchanting reseeding annuals that I’ve admired in friend’s gardens and INTENDED to add to mine. I was fascinated when I first saw Snow-on-the-Mountain (Euphorbia marginata, Pictured above. Photo compliments of Select Seeds) at my friend, Gail’s garden in Albany, NY. The soft green leaves surrounded by wide…

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A Gem Called Gaultheria

Feb 10, 2020

Gaultheria procumbens, commonly known as Wintergreen or Eastern Tea, was a fast seller at Estabrook’s – and I’m talking about a December sellout! This North American Northeastern native has lovely evergreen foliage, sweet nodding, waxy white flowers in spring, and rich red fall berries that persist through winter (unless they are devoured by pheasant, grouse…

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Upcoming flower gardening classes

Feb 7, 2020

As a result of taking a full-time, year-round position at Estabrook’s Nursery (a premier garden center in Yarmouth and Kennebunk, ME), I’ve had to dramatically reduce my regional classes and lecture commitments, although I truly love interacting with fellow gardeners at these events. If you are in the ‘neighborhood’, I hope you will join me…

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Insights Learned at an IPM Class

Oct 24, 2019

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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2020 Great Gardens & Landscaping Symposium

Oct 21, 2019

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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Inspirational Gardening Webinars and Books

Oct 18, 2019

Please check out my 11 gardening Webinars and 4 gardening books!

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Fall Berrying Native Shrubs that Birds Adore

Oct 15, 2019

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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Ironweed is a Fabulous Pollinator Perennial

Oct 12, 2019

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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