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Daylilies and Dreamy Gardens

Jul 15, 2018

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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Epimedium, Butterfly Weed, Spigelia and Hakone Grass

Jul 13, 2018

This was my third time speaking at the United States Botanic Gardens, and I think the gardens were more gorgeous than ever! Below are a few of the MANY plants that caught my eye. Two Workhorse Perennials for Shade: Epimedium, commonly called Barrenwort, and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, commonly called Hakone or Japanese Forest Grass. Barrenwort…

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A Wedding Machine – Goats!

Jul 11, 2018

Last week I discovered a brush-clearing business called Scapegoats, located just down the road from me in West Kennebunk, Maine. A team of seven goats help homeowners, municipalities and farmers tidy up fields, parks and yards by devouring invasive plants, including poison ivy and poison oak. Goats devour Japanese Knotweed and Asian bittersweet, but aren’t…

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Proven Winners Garden Day in New Hampshire

Jul 9, 2018

If you live in New England, please plan to join me for the Proven Winners Garden Day at Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, NH on Friday, August 3. I will be giving the keynote lecture Design Tips for Elevating Your Garden from Ordinary to Magnificent. This fun-packed day also includes guided tours of stunning display…

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I Love Working at Estabrook’s Garden Center

Jun 25, 2018

I LOVE working at Estabrook’s Garden Center and Nursery, a crème-de-la-crème nursery. The plant inventory is huge, with many cool, unusual choices – plus I have the opportunity to make recommendations. I work with an exceptional staff – a team of can-do, hardworking people with terrific personalities. It’s also fun interacting daily with countless gardeners,…

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Some Exciting New Plants Coming down the Plant Pike

Jun 25, 2018

CAST (California Spring Trials) is an annual horticultural trade event hosted in northern and central California, showcasing spectacular new plants being introduced to the market. The acronym, CAST, was originally created when the trial only focused on annuals but now perennials, edibles and flowering shrubs are also part of the glamour show. My friend, Karen…

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Phenology – Nature’s gardening time table

Jun 22, 2018

Phenology can be more reliable than historical gardening data. Climate change has distorted traditional regional gardening data. Some areas of the country are hotter, colder, drier, or wetter than ever before. Phenology refers to ‘key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year—such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds—especially their…

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Enkianthus and Phlox ‘Violet Pinwheels’

Jun 19, 2018

Enkianthus campanulatus This lovely flowering shrub, commonly called redvein enkianthus, deserves more attention. It has charming white, creamy-yellow, whitish-pink, or pink nodding flowers in spring. A slow-growing shrub, Enkianthus can range in height from 6’ to 15’, depending on the variety. All are acid loving shrubs, similar to Rhododendrons and Azaleas. I planted a pure…

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Budget-Wise Gardener book cover

Kudos to The Budget-Wise Gardener

Jun 17, 2018

I received your book shipment the other day (The Budget-Wise Gardener) and started reading it today at the beach – your writing style has such a pleasing conversational tone – content and concepts are so easy to comprehend as you explain EXACTLY and CLEARLY each point you want to make – you’re a fantastic writer…

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Nine Great Gardening Webinars

Jun 15, 2018

(Please note: Webinars are copyrighted for personal use only. I am available for speaking engagements)

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