New Shrubs for the Cutting Garden

New Shrubs for the Cutting Garden

I’m finally starting to believe that eventually these piles of snow will recede – we have a long way to go…

Snippets: Flora at Tower Hill  (And I’ll be Speaking)

Snippets: Flora at Tower Hill (And I’ll be Speaking)

Do you have plans this weekend? Why not take a hike outside and gather the makings of beautiful floral arrangement?…

Cat’s Whiskers

Cat’s Whiskers

During 2015 at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we are preparing to focus our educational programming around the theme of Myth,…

Seasonal Container Garden: Whipping Up Some Holiday Containers

Seasonal Container Garden: Whipping Up Some Holiday Containers

After so many years of installing countless commercial and residential holiday containers, I could do it in my sleep. Seriously,…

The Bittersweet Dilemma – Solved!

The Bittersweet Dilemma – Solved!

After years of yanking the pervasive (and invasive) red roots of bittersweet from my garden beds, I am highly paranoid…

Match Making with Fall Bulbs (Bonus!)

Match Making with Fall Bulbs (Bonus!)

In the first issue of PITH + VIGOR,  Joanne Neale shared four great planting combos for fall-blooming bulbs – but…

My Horticultural Hunt Club Dream

My Horticultural Hunt Club Dream

Fall is slowly changing over to winter here in Maine. We have already had one surprise snow storm with another…

Planting Ideas: Match Making with Fall Bulbs

Planting Ideas: Match Making with Fall Bulbs

Like me, you are probably feeling a bit depressed at the thought of your garden’s painstakingly planted scenes deteriorating over the next months. Yes, of course you…

Traffic Stopping Kale

Traffic Stopping Kale

From this title, “Traffic Stopping Kale,” you may be imagining a major traffic incident in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara…

Viridiflora Tulips

Viridiflora Tulips

Have you started planting your spring bulbs? We started planting last week at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and hope to…

Fresh Pickings From New England Coastal Farmland

Fresh Pickings From New England Coastal Farmland

DATE: September 13, 2014 TIME: 53 Minutes DISTANCE: 43 Miles TERRAIN: New England Coastal Farmland (Dartmouth, MA) Soft early fall…

Year of the Cobra Lily

Year of the Cobra Lily

One of the biggest challenges that I found with high latitude gardening is looking for bold-foliaged plants that can take…

We had a party….

We had a party….

At this stage in my life, party recovery takes a long time.  It is a sad state of affairs, but…

The Holy Grail of Big-Leaved Perennials

The Holy Grail of Big-Leaved Perennials

There have only ever been two plants that I had my photo taken with during my years of being obsessed…

Gilding Lilies, Golden Strawberries & Silver Blueberries

Gilding Lilies, Golden Strawberries & Silver Blueberries

Last week I held an early little holiday preview party with Lowes (who sponsors a monthly column on this website)…

Jude Law, Helen of Troy, and Sneezeweed

Jude Law, Helen of Troy, and Sneezeweed

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock. I started naming random actors whose names relay beauty…

Cercis ‘Merlot’ – Even If You Don’t Drink, You Will Want To Plant One

Cercis ‘Merlot’ – Even If You Don’t Drink, You Will Want To Plant One

“I am not drinking (expletive) Merlot!” – Miles from the movie Sideways This past weekend, a group of friends and…

A Palm That Does Well In New England*

A Palm That Does Well In New England*

*sort of When I say sort of, I am alluding to the fact that this plant that looks like a…

What Worked. My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

What Worked. My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

There is nothing like the official change of season (autumn equinox – I see you)  to inspire a look back…

What Worked – My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

What Worked – My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

There is nothing like the official change of season (autumn equinox – I see you)  to inspire a look back…

Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint

Of all the plants that I would recommend most everyone include in their garden, mountain mint or Pycnanthemum muticum would…

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