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It’s Hellebore Heaven in March

After such a mild winter, my 'Brandywine' strain hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus 'Brandywine' ™) are especially lovely. Time to give these  Lenten roses, aka Oriental hellebores, center stage. Even my cut-leafed stinking hellebores (Helleborus foetidus) look pretty good this spring.

By | March 31st, 2020|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on It’s Hellebore Heaven in March

Get the Jump on Invasive Shrubs

Not bound by the same interrelationships, many invasive plants get the jump on natives by greening up earlier, growing faster, photosynthesizing longer. March offers a window of opportunity to recognize and remove them before native plants leaf out and gardeners get too busy to notice.

By | March 26th, 2020|Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Get the Jump on Invasive Shrubs

Native Plant Clues: What Wants to Be Here?

To restore, protect or create habitat, first you need to determine what is already there to preserve and encourage to spread. Even in winter, deciduous trees and shrubs offer a lot of clues about the site and what wants to grow there.

By | March 16th, 2020|Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Native Plant Clues: What Wants to Be Here?

Monarch’s Eye(s) View

As we all know, iconic, fascinating, beautiful (and seriously threatened) monarch butterflies are milkweed specialists. So how do monarch butterflies find milkweed plants? Read how to design gardens for maximum monarch butterfly benefit.

By | March 4th, 2020|Garden Coaching, Views|Comments Off on Monarch’s Eye(s) View

Design Lessons from Mother Nature

Looking at the kinds of adaptations plants evolved to survive in different environments gives us clues for choosing plants that will thrive in our gardens. It's what I call The Darwinian Garden.

By | March 1st, 2020|Just Published!|Comments Off on Design Lessons from Mother Nature

Karen Bussolini Interview – Growing Greener

Listen to Thomas Christopher's interview with Karen Bussolini on his Growing Greener podcast. Garden coaching, garden photography, garden making, it's all there.

By | March 1st, 2020|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Karen Bussolini Interview – Growing Greener

Learn How to Make a Plant Love You

Soon after settling in beside the wood stove with Summer Rayne Oakes' How To Make a Plant Love You and a comforting cup of tea one recent cold Saturday, I had to lay that book right down again - and turn to plants.

By | February 29th, 2020|Books, How-To's|Comments Off on Learn How to Make a Plant Love You

Bored to Death

Emerald ash borers (EAB) are bright metallic green wood boring beetles. They play a role in decomposition of dead and dying trees in their Asian home habitats, but quickly devastate even healthy ash trees in ours.

By | February 24th, 2020|Clues|Comments Off on Bored to Death

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show – Better Than Ever

February's Connecticut Flower & Garden Show comes at just the right time for plant-lovers eager for spring. The speakers and landscape displays get better every year. Highlights from the 2020 show.

By | February 21st, 2020|News, Views|Comments Off on Connecticut Flower & Garden Show – Better Than Ever

Walking and Gawking at Gardens in Florida

What a difference being outdoors in a warm, green plant-filled environment makes to a winter-weary spirit! Walking and gawking at the tropical (and subtropical) abundance in the funky, small-scale neighborhood of Pass-a-Grille Beach, squished between Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, in St. Petersburg, Florida is a treat. In this climate, things just grow and every yard is a garden.

By | February 2nd, 2020|Views|Comments Off on Walking and Gawking at Gardens in Florida