In the Pink –Spring’s Arrival in New England

April 1, 2014 0 comments

As part of an annual tradition at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts, rooted ivy cuttings are distributed to each incoming first year student–just one indicator of the botanic leanings of this prestigious women’s college. With late winter’s days lengthening, Smith’s… Read More

How Greenhouses Warm Us in Winter

February 26, 2014 0 comments
March 2014 Mcgowan3

It may be cold and bleak outdoors, but this is definitely a time of year when it’s easy to appreciate the advantages of greenhouse gardening. Just take your cue from the Conservatory of Wave Hill, a public garden located in… Read More

In the Big Apple – Gardening with an Urban Twist

January 30, 2014 0 comments
Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard

Recent years have seen renewed interest in vegetable gardening everywhere, but perhaps nowhere is this more pronounced than inside our larger cities. Despite the challenge of growing in the densely populated confines of city spaces—and subject to the often intense… Read More

A New Beginning

January 8, 2014 0 comments
Ramada Welcome Area

It’s not every day, nor is it everywhere that a brand new botanic garden opens, but the city of Santa Fe New Mexico recently became home to one. Although the garden opened its gates just this past July, only two… Read More

Growing Something Beautiful from Wastewater

October 30, 2013 0 comments

The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York—most often associated with yoga and alternative philosophies — decided to apply mindfulness to a very practical matter. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL ) opened in 2009. At the heart of the… Read More

Meadowbrook – A Study in Plant Artistry

October 11, 2013 0 comments

Meadowbrook, a 25 acre-estate in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, was designed and created by the floral artist, J. Liddon Pennock, Jr.  Mr. Pennock grew up in Philadelphia, where his family had operated a florist shop for over 100 years. He attended Cornell… Read More

Stenton- Beginnings of American Horticulture

September 5, 2013 0 comments
Stenton mansion

America’s first horticultural library, a major breakthrough in plant science, and the founding of an important American cultural institution—all these and more occurred in the same spot, what was once a bucolic farm in North Philadelphia. The neighborhood has changed,… Read More

Growing in a Hartley Glasshouse

July 25, 2013 0 comments

In late 2010, when Chris Holbrook was looking at greenhouses for his yard, Hartley Glasshouses impressed him for a number of reasons. He noticed the careful construction and wide selection of models with their many special options. As a regular… Read More

The Birds and the Bees

June 20, 2013 0 comments

Two bird houses sit at opposing corners of the vegetable garden perimeter, perhaps twelve feet apart, attached to the posts supporting our deer fence. Last year we saw four nestings of blue birds move through them. So far this year,… Read More

Samuel Untermeyer’s Garden

May 30, 2013 0 comments

Samuel Untermeyer enjoyed an early career as a corporate lawyer, but he later became famous for trust-busting, perhaps most famously, against J.P. Morgan. He also successfully fought to save the 5 cent subway fare. He was one of the most… Read More

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