Perennially Yours Blog


Mar 29, 2020

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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2019 & 2020 video bundle

New Flower Gardening Webinar Bundle

Mar 28, 2020

While live gardening lectures and workshops have been cancelled due to the urgent need for social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, online gardening webinars offer the safe and smart alternative to learn and prepare for the 2020 gardening season. I just added a new gardening webinar bundle to my Webinar Shop…

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Feb 28, 2020

I saw visions of ‘spring blooming bulbs’ dancing in my head when I checked out The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days 2020 listing! Begun in 1995, Open Days is The Garden Conservancy’s national garden-visiting program—their best-known and most popular program. In 2020, they’re celebrating 25 years of Open Days: 25 years of opening more than 4,000…

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Gardening Trends for 2020

Feb 25, 2020

It is always interesting and eye-opening to read predicted horticultural trends for the New Year. These ‘forecasts’ are compiled by the Garden Media Group that studies global consumer trends to see what’s happening in gardening, landscape design and green living. As stated on their web page “In our first report in 2001, we predicted outdoor…

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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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