10 Books for Gardeners

Here are my suggestions for Santa ..hint, hint, hint (I have a good many but not all of these)   “The Wild Braid, A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden” by Stanley Kunitz “American Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques: The Indispensable Illustrated Practical Guide” edited by David J. Ellis, Fiona Gilsenan, […]

A Garden Traveler’s Pilgrimage: Charleston

Whaley Garden

For gardeners, Charleston, known as “a city set in a garden” is Mecca

A Garden Walk for All Seasons

Seasonal Walk at the New York Botanical Garden Armchair gardeners everywhere can stroll along the famous New York Botanical Garden’s Seasonal Walk and watch what promises to be a truly inspired garden installation take shape over four seasons. Linger as long as you want. In fact, if you want to go back and see April’s […]

A Man Named Pearl

One of the most remarkable artists (and gardeners) that I know of is a man named Pearl. Pearl Fryar is an artist and his medium is topiary. But his are not the typical shear-a-boxwood-into-a-meatball topiaries. Sometimes described as “Dr. Seuss meets Edward Scissorhands,” Pearl wields a chainsaw and what he does with a Leyland Cypress […]

Café Recipes: Atlanta Botanical Garden


One of the best reasons to visit botanical gardens in the summer is the wonderful chef demos. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Garden Chef Demos take place in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen on Saturdays and Sundays, May through October, at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Here are a few recipes from the chefs. Enjoy! […]

Café Recipes: Chicago Botanical Garden

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The Chicago Botanical Garden’s Garden Café shares some recipes just in time for summer picnics. Dilled Potato Salad 1/2 cup mayonnaise 6 tablespoons distilled white vinegar 3 green onions, minced 4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 1/4 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 medium zucchini (about 10 ounces), trimmed and sliced into very thin rounds 2 […]

Children’s Gardens: Dallas Arboretum’s Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure


Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an an extraordinarily fun nature and science gateway

Children’s Gardens: Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s new Family Garden opens May 4, 2014

Clippings: #Perennial #Plant of the Year: Butterfly Weed

Perennial Plant of the Year: Butterfly Weed

What’s a garden without butterflies? Perennial Plant of the Year: Butterfly Weed

Clippings: Camellia Gardens and Festivals

Camellia Middleton Place

Camellias or “winter’s rose” lights up the landscape from November to March.

Creating An Olmsted Tabletop Garden

Biltmore Olmsted garden

Enjoy your own Olmstead tabletop landscape

Creating Beautiful Gardens with Pantone’s Color of the Year


Rose Quartz and Serenity are hues that call out for a garden setting. The color experts at Pantone proclaimed the two as Colors of the Year for 2016. This is the first year that Pantone introduced two colors, instead of merely naming a single color of the year. According to the announcement, “Rose Quartz is […]

Disney Magic for Gardener Travelers


 Floral versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) star in a celebratory cookout scene in living topiary color at the Epcot front entrance during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival,(Matt Stroshane, photographer) The 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is running March 6 […]

Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

From the daguerreotype taken at Mount Holyoke, December 1846 or early 1847. The only authenticated portrait of Emily Dickinson later than childhood, the original is held by the Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College.

Isn’t there a bit of a poet in every gardener? After all, many of our greatest poets turned to their garden, whether for inspiration or solace when the words wouldn’t come or another rejection letter showed up. During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) was better known as a gardener than as a poet. Currently the […]

Garden Traveler: Lavender Fields Forever

Courtesy of Oregon Lavender Festival

Our lavender is just coming into bloom and it’s gorgeous. We use it as a hedge throughout our rose garden, and now the purple and blue spikes rock gently with bumblebees perched atop the blossoms, like a sway pole in a circus. It’s a reminder that lavender festivals are just around the corner. If the […]

Hydrangeas, Drama Queens of the Woodland Garden

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Hydrangea macrophylla When I think of hydrangeas, I picture a Southern belle holding a limp wrist to her forehead, demanding refreshment to quench her thirst from the hot Southern sun. “Hydra” means water and hydrangeas do tend to wilt rather dramatically to let you know when they want to be watered (although experts say this […]

Invite Butterflies into Your Garden

Photo: courtesy of Biltmore, Asheville, N.C.

What’s a garden without butterflies? Creating a butterfly garden isn’t difficult; after all, you can simply plant a butterfly bush or include a few butterfly-magnet flowers in a window box or planter. But why not create a welcoming habitat and enjoy a parade of these loveliest of Garden Travelers? A butterfly garden that we can all aspire […]

Monet’s Giverny, an Artist’s Garden Canvas


Which photo is from Monet’s garden in Giverny and which one came from the scaled-down Giverny re-created for the current New York Botanical Garden’s “Monet’s Garden” exhibit?   Each year more than half a million visitors — those who love art and those who love gardens — make the pilgrimage to the small French village […]

Pawpaws to the People

Did you ever hear anyone say, “I wish I had a dollar for every pawpaw I ate”? Probably not because chances are you don’t know of anyone who has actually ever seen a pawpaw, let alone eaten one. Sometimes called the poor man’s banana, pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are a fruit that you’re not going to […]

Save these Dates: April/May 2017 Flower Shows and Garden Festivals


Flower shows and garden festivals around the country in April and May

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