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Attracting July Visitors with Photos

Tom Stovall, the resident photographer at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia, is donating his images to my campaign promoting DC-area public gardens.  His photos of nature, especially of wildlife, are beyond anything I can or ever will achieve, but garden ...
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Garden Bloggers take DC (area)

Outside the Hirshhorn in DC (by Jimmie Durham) First, it must be stressed that I am not a good tour taker. I love looking at gardens, but I can enjoy a smaller garden pretty quickly, and then I’m done. I’m ...
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Plant Fanatics Party in Baltimore

What to call the plant-obsessed people attending the Perennial Plant Association’s shindig last week in Baltimore? Terms like “geek” and “nerd” seem better suited to people who stay out of the sun, so I’ll call us (me, included) fanatics – ...
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Praising Our Public Gardens: A Video Tribute to Idaho Botanical ...

A variety of waterwise flowers, grasses, shrubs, and groundcovers grace this one-acre Water Conservation Landscape alongside the entrance road for Idaho Botanical Garden. Design by Kecia Carlson of Madeline George Garden Design Nursery. The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) holds ...
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Videographer Teams up with Horticulturist Neighbor

Connecticut-based videographer Patrick Volk emailed me recently, having discovered my blog posts about videos. It seems that this son of a landscape architect teamed up with neighbor Eric Larson, long-time director of Yale’s Marsh Botanic Garden, to create a slew ...
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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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The Fantabulous Tomato Sandwiches of Ralph Haas and Sarah Owens

Heirloom tomatoes, Sarah Owens photo.   I’ll never forget the moment I tasted my first tomato sandwich. Mrs. Dumesnil grew a half-dozen tomato plants in her back yard. I lived a block and a half away. Her son Craig is ...
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Where Environmentalism Meets Public Health

Meet environmental activist Robert Zarr, shown here in a park in downtown D.C. He’s dressed for cycling because he rides his bike to work; his family as been car-free for 15 or so years. But what makes him an environmental ...
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Driving Alaska with My Three Miss Daisies

  Bears loomed large last month in Alaska, but there was more danger lurking for a scrapulation.* Close quarters and too much family togetherness always make for a menacing vacation threat. Rose, my daughter Molly, granddaughter Story and I spent ...
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We’re Flinging in Toronto!

2008 Garden Blog Flingers in Austin Waaaay back in 2008 this group of gardenbloggers got together for the first time in Austin for the first Garden Blogger Fling to party and see gardens. No keynotes or break-out sessions in hotel conference ...