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Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Handouts

For those wonderful gardeners who joined us for Solving Garden Design Dilemmas on October 20, Here are the promised handouts for winter gardens, pollinator plants and my favorite great problem-solving plants.

By | October 23rd, 2018|Great Plants, Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Handouts

Spot Invasive Plants

Spotting Invasive plants when leaves are green can be tricky. But invasives with a longer growing season than native plants are easy to see in fall. Their leaves remain green or display bright autumn color long after natives have lost their leaves for the winter.

By | October 17th, 2018|Clues, How-To's|Comments Off on Spot Invasive Plants

Cook with Tasty Anise Hyssop Leaves

I’ve often dried anise hyssop leaves for a note of licorice flavor in winter pots of tea or infused them in gin, but this year my friend Julie taught me a tasty new trick.

By | September 25th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Cook with Tasty Anise Hyssop Leaves

Enhance Your Views with Selective Pruning

Experts commonly answer the question, “When is the best time to prune?” with “When you have clippers in your hand.” But that’s not always the case.

By | September 24th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Enhance Your Views with Selective Pruning

Signs that Summer’s Winding Down

I’m hearing lots of clues that summer is winding down, though. Dawn gets quieter and quieter, but the side yard is alive with twittering goldfinches clinging to Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) plants, gorging on ripe seeds, while bumblebees keep up the buzz pollinating its long-lasting lavender flowers.

By | September 20th, 2018|Clues|Comments Off on Signs that Summer’s Winding Down

Views Out My Windows

Being surrounded by gardens is like living in a wildlife blind. The more native plants I grow right outside the windows, the more critters appear.

By | September 15th, 2018|Views|Comments Off on Views Out My Windows

Glorious Goldenrods

Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade' Goldenrods are one of the most important food resources for native bees as summer slides into fall. The many tiny individual flowers on each flowerhead supply not just nectar, but all-important pollen, a crucial protein source. Read all about garden-worthy goldenrods in the July/August 2018 issue of The American [...]

By | September 12th, 2018|Great Plants, Just Published!|Comments Off on Glorious Goldenrods

Seeing the Big Picture

Garden coaching is about helping homeowners see their property with new eyes. Read about it in the September/October issue of Connecticut Gardener Magazine.

By | September 10th, 2018|Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Seeing the Big Picture

Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Workshop – Symposium

Want to jazz up a tired landscape, reduce maintenance or garden more sustainably? Karen Bussolini, Nancy DuBrule-Clemente and Christine Froehlich will show you how...

By | September 4th, 2018|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Workshop – Symposium

Dioecious Native Shrubs for Wildlife – Just Published in The American Gardener

Dioecious plants bear male and female flowers on separate plants. Both males and females produce nectar, but only males provide the pollen so critical to bee and plant reproduction. Read all about bees and berries in the latest issue of The American Gardener.

By | March 6th, 2018|Just Published!|Comments Off on Dioecious Native Shrubs for Wildlife – Just Published in The American Gardener