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Colorado State Flower - Columbine - All about this native Plant

If you are from my own home state or spent any amount of time there, you will know my choice of favorite plant from the Rocky Mountains is rather cliché – but what can I say? I am a Colorado girl, I am from the most beautiful state (you can’t argue with me on this […]

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Large green gunnera plants in a lush garden, with towering trees and dense foliage in the backdrop.

There have only ever been two plants that I had my photo taken with during my years of being obsessed with plants. The first was a Stewartia pseudocamellia in the fall of 1994 at Longwood Gardens. This was by accident as I was taking a picture of a gorgeous tree with its exfoliating bark and […]

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A wooden fence lines a vibrant garden filled with yellow flowers and assorted green foliage under bright sunlight.

We are replacing our (now smashed due to last week’s tree removal) cheap metal rail garden fence with a much more attractive split rail fence. I have been considering the differences (both cost and aesthetic) between split rails versus snake rails versus vinyl fence materials, as well as even wood crate rail fences and chain […]

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Sunset illuminates a lush garden designed for the senses, with colorful flowers and a small pond, creating a serene, natural landscape.

Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Touch. These are the five senses that most cultures consciously use to experience the world.  But in Zambian tradition, there are 14 senses. (And there are some who argue there are as many as 33 senses!!) I’m not sure where I read this tidbit about Zambian culture (if you have a […]

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Diagram showing microclimates influenced by wind, soil type, and topography, illustrating how these factors affect plant growth.

Where the growing season is short (or shorter than you want), there are many tricks that gardeners can employ to make garden-time last a little longer.  Highly practical changes can physically alter the conditions of a site, creating what are known as microclimates, and allowing for plants to produce or grow longer. There are also […]

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A narrow trench cuts through a moss-covered forest floor, surrounded by tall trees with a mixture of green and brown foliage.

Near the top of my list of gardens is this Beatrix Farrand garden in Maine. There is something extremely special about this space. I first visited the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island in 1997. It was love at first sight. Carrie (my then-fiancee, now wife) and I vacationed on […]

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