Learning to say goodbye—with pleasure

These hydrangeas, lilies, phlox, and so on used to be raspberry bushes. Death is  part of life, but this  fact is accepted with difficulty and nowhere more so than among gardeners. Perennials ...

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A Tale of Two Gardens

City Garden I have two gardens and can barely keep up with one. The first garden is in Louisville, where Rose and I have lived for 18 years. It’s on a one-third ...

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An Osage expose

Osage orange fruit. Hedge apples. Monkey brains. Maclura pomifera. Yellow-green, squiggly, hairy spheres the size of grapefruits. If these are underfoot on a fall hike, I guarantee someone will mention the purported insect and/or ...

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Resolving to become a better naturalist

Bluebell wood image courtesy of Shutterstock They knew where to go for the first of everything: the first snowdrops, the first catkin, primroses, violets, forget-me-nots, wild roses, honeysuckle. These flowers appeared in ...

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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 ...

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Reporting from Iowa

Summer in Vander Veer Botanical Park Guest Rant by Linda Larson, A Traveling Gardener This just in: Iowa has beautiful gardens and parks, with grand trees, roses, hostas, and lakes. Despite the ...

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The High Line backlash

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit the High Line yet, I’m sorry to have to tell you that it’s over. Already. At least according to a New ...

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