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The Annual Buying (and subsequent killing) of the Air Plant ...

Guest Rant by Wendy Kiang-Spray Having been to the Philadelphia Flower Show for many years in a row now, my annual trip has taken on a really wonderful rhythm and familiarity. My friend Grace is tiny and swift. Her job is ...
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Hey, Pantone! Roy G. Biv called; he wants his rainbow ...

The colorblind gardener (photo by Jim Charlier) Color trending is silly by definition, but it’s a way to make a living. I have followed Pantone’s (and Color Marketing Group’s) successive “colors of the year” for over a decade now. Every ...
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So Beekeepers, You Want to Save the World?

Guest Rant by Helen Yoest I was only six years old when Rachel Carson changed my world. And by all standards, Ms. Carson influenced a generation with her book, Silent Spring. That was some powerful stuff. Since that time, so many ...
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On the 25th Anniversary of Bold Romantic Gardens

Today’s Guest Rant by Susan Rademacher is a fond reminiscence of garden makers Jim van Sweden and Wolfgang Oehme on the 25th anniversary of the publication of Bold Romantic Gardens. Wolfgang Oehme (L), Jim van Sweden (R). Photograph © Volkmar ...
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Super bloom snapshot

All photos by Nancy J. Parisi Right now, sprinkled throughout sections of vast Death Valley National Park, are swaths of color standing out from the usual palette of faded greens, and soft grays and browns. A rare super bloom, the ...
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Whitewashed Tree Trunks: The Unvarnished Story

Jardins du Mont des Arts. Brussels, Belgium.Shutterstock Photo After a few swipes on Aunt Polly’s plank fence, Tom Sawyer  tired of painting whitewash. So it doesn’t surprise me that there’s no hint, in Mark Twain’s novel, that Tom took a ...
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Garden as Process

Large wooden praying mantis at Cheekwood Art & Gardens. Temporary art installations are part of the evolving artistry of many public gardens. Is a particular plant a weed? Is a garden a work of art? And who gets to decide? ...
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In remembrance of Allen Lacy

Sometimes a death can spark a renaissance and I am hoping that will be the case with Allen Lacy who died on December 27th at age 80.   I never knew him well – we spoke over the telephone on a ...
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Landscaping – Sinners Beware!

Guest Rant by Lori Hawkins Just as Dante identified the seven deadly sins in his Inferno, so we will explore the cardinal sins of the landscaping world.  Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride are all alive and well!  ...
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The Pentagon’s Memorial Landscape

I recently ventured to Virginia to a place I’d never been before – the Pentagon Memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack.  Its design by two young architects had been selected in a heated international competition by a ...