Perennially Yours Blog

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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Oct 8, 2019

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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New 2020 Gardening Webinars

Oct 5, 2019

I am excited about producing two inspirational gardening webinars this winter. Both webinars include pages of lecture notes as well as a CEU form for Master Gardeners and green industry professionals, AND can be viewed anytime, as many times as you wish after the live broadcast. Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, the majority of registrants…

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An Amazing Woman’s Unique Enterprise

Jul 30, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Alaya Boisvert when I spoke in Vancouver, BC this past spring. What a brilliant, inspirational, and deep-thinking woman.  Her father is the proprietor of Plantskydd Animal Repellants, a SUPERIOR product that I use in my gardens. Alaya and her former husband, Douglas, recently started an amazing website and blog titled Adventures in Co-Parenting.  As…

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