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And the Winners are… 2018 Plants of the Year!

HOW THE PLANT OF THE YEAR IS SELECTED Candidates for the Proven Winners’ Plant of the Year are judged stringently by growers, retailers and home gardeners against the five criteria: Easy to Grow, Iconic, Readily Available, Perfect for Baskets or Containers and Outstanding Landscape Performance. Plants are...

Recipe for a Successful Garden

Enter the kitchen garden: A garden is as distinct and individual as your tastes will allow. Whether you like it hot and spicy-with herbs and peppers that sing with flavor-or subtle blends of flavorful veggies and culinary herbs, it is easier than you think to have...

Children in the Garden

A garden is a wonderful place for a child to experience the natural world and learn how things grow. It is a place of wonder and surprise that excites the imagination as it teaches valuable lessons about the environment, responsibility, and discipline. With a little...

Holly Tea Olive, A True Christmas Gift

It’s no secret that over the last decade the “Green Industry”, garden centers and growers, have had their fair share of botanical struggles. Hemlocks have woolly adelgid, oaks have bacterial leaf scorch (BLS) disease, elms have Dutch elm disease and elm bark beetle, impatiens have...

A Great Western Trio

Recently back from our family vacation, this year we decided to visit a national park that is nearly 3,500 square miles. Mostly in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park also runs through parts of Montana and Idaho. Dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, mudpots, fumaroles, geysers, more wildlife than...

My Own, Private, 5K Fall Classic

Having been an avid runner for most of my life, my first footrace came when I was just five years old. On a beach, down the Jersey shore, I completed that 5K run, 3.1 miles, and really never looked back. Having had some national experience...

Water Wise

Perhaps the most common question I am asked when selling a new plant is, “how much water should I give it?” A quick and easy answer is 2 or 3 times a week. A better answer is, put your hand in the soil and feel...

A Quintessential Tree

A frustration of mine is customers who continually buy the same tree or shrub over and over again simply because they have heard the name. Dogwood, cherry, magnolia and redbud certainly have their place in the world, but what about a tree that can offer...

Handpicked for You™

Having never been a fan of “plant guarantees”, there is a new idea on the horizon that I feel will help bridge the gap of a plant’s success, one that the customer and merchant are so desperately looking for. Acknowledging...

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