I’ve added a new tool to my gardening arsenal – a pry bar. This tool comes in handy when planting gardens in ledges and rocky soil. Just the other day I was adding some perennials to my sister Kim’s ledge garden when I hit a stubborn rock. Kim raced to the barn and came out…

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There is a tried and true saying in the gardening world: Don’t put a $5 plant in a $1 hole; put a $1 plant in a $5 hole. Actually, this sentence doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is you will save a lot more money on plant purchases over a much greater period if…

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2019 & 2020 video bundle

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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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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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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The fragrance of Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis), like some Oriental and Orienpet lilies, can either cause you to swoon or gag. Some find the fragrance intoxicating – others find it overpowering. Hyacinth is one of the longest-lived spring blooming bulbs.  They come in all colors from white, cream, pink, deep purple, lavender, apricot, cobalt blue and…

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Garden Design’s recent blog titled 10 Lessons from Famous Gardens is riveting and thought provoking! It is packed with so many awesome suggestions. I already knew about some of these design enhancing ideas before BUT I still gained a fresh perspective from seeing these implemented in noteworthy gardens!  I loved the tip about using color in the garden. …

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I am excited to be teaching a new, 2-hour class on how to create a spectacular garden in smaller spaces.  I will be sharing easy to apply design and accessory tips, as well as featuring perennials, flowering shrubs, evergreens, annuals and other smaller scale plants that make BIG impressions.Many of the recommended plants and recommendations…

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There are some exciting gardening trends predicted for 2019. Each year Garden Media, a company that researches global consumer trends, releases some eye-opening findings related to gardening, landscape design and green living. (photo right, Andrea Ruggs) This year’s report covers a wide range of themes. Not surprisingly, low maintenance landscapes continue to be a priority.…

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Gardeners and ‘foodies’ alike will want to participate in the hugely popular Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium. When googling garden symposium, this premier event appears at the top of the search among over 20,000,000 listings. The 15th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium takes place at the luxurious Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, VT on…

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