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Dec 12, 2018

Okay, I confess. I think deer look adorable, especially little fawns, but I DETEST the damage they do to my gardens. And winter is a time when they can severely ‘prune’ my shrubs. One of my good friends nicknames deer ‘the devil’s minions’. Stop the madness by simply using an organic, OMRI (Organic Materials Review…

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Dec 8, 2018

I had the joy of meeting Nathan Lyon last month when we were both speaking at a Master Gardeners Symposium in Indiana. Nathan is an Emmy nominated chef known to television viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. He has hosted or co-hosted many television shows, including Growing A…

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Dec 6, 2018

Once again, this premier, one-of-a-kind, garden symposium promises to receive high ratings for its engaging, award-winning speakers, great food, Gardeners Marketplace, camaraderie and world-class resort setting. The symposium is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the gorgeous Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, VT (about 2.5 hours from Boston). There is also a special…

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Dec 2, 2018

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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2018 video bundle

Holiday gifts for gardeners

Nov 29, 2018

If you are scratching your head about a gift for a gardening enthusiast – young or old, neophyte or Master Gardener – then please consider my 2017 and 2018 gardening video bundles. Each narrated video is approximately 60 minutes in length and is packed with colorful, inspirational slides. Videos include helpful lecture notes. Topics include…

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Powerhouse Perennials and Outstanding Hydrangea Webinars

Nov 24, 2018

Given the time challenges that many of us face, coupled with unpredictable weather as a result of climate change, low-maintenance, unflappable plants, are in high demand. And these stalwarts must also be attractive to both homeowners as well as pollinators. My 2019 gardening Webinars feature some of these amazing plants. On Saturday, January 26th I’ll…

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The Right-Size Flower Garden


Nov 22, 2018

All four of my popular gardening books are on sale, beginning on Black Friday, November 23 and running through Saturday, December 15. Any book is only $18 with FREE SHIPPING! All books are signed. If you would like me to sign it to a special person, just let me know! Click here to check out…

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2019 Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

Oct 21, 2018

I am amazed that this will be the 15th annual symposium that I’ve organized. I started these events when I lived in Ballston Spa, New York with the intention of bringing together gardeners of all ages and abilities from around the Albany, New York region. The first symposium was held at the Gideon Putnam Resort…

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Flashy Fall Alternatives to Burning Bush

Oct 18, 2018

Burning bush (Euonymus alatus) has long been acclaimed for its brilliant red fall foliage. But since burning bush is now banned as an invasive plant in many states, people are asking for a noteworthy substitute. No problem! Many outstanding alternatives are finally getting the attention they deserve! And many of these are native to North…

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Step Aside Sedum Autumn Joy

Oct 14, 2018

Step Aside Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ The demand for low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants that provide three, if not four seasons of interest, has generated a surge of new Sedum cultivars that are taking center stage. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is probably the most well-known Sedum BUT this ‘king of the hill’ status is about to be toppled. I…

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