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Time is Running Out to Transplant, But Not To Plant

article written for www.patch.com One of the most popular questions I field during the spring is, “when is a good time to plant?” My answer… you can plant anytime, as long as you can break ground! The truth is there is a huge difference between transplanting...

A BRILLIANT HARBINGER OF SPRING

Published March 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist Most gardeners are chomping at the bit this time of year, pent up with cabin fever. Eager to get their hands in the dirt and create new garden experiences there is one tree, this time of year,...

A Winter That Just Won’t Let Go

article written for www.patch.com I have lived in New Jersey my whole life and barely remember a winter as treacherous as this past one. January just kept dumping snow on us every week and February gave us the frigid cold. Now into March we have a...

TO CUT, OR NOT TO CUT, THAT IS THE QUESTION:

Published February 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist Perhaps the most famous line in English literature, Hamlet’s greatest soliloquy, inspired a sort of play on words for this title. Often asked when is the proper time to cut back ornamental grasses in the garden, I...

A Handful of Flowering Trees to Wet our Appetites

article written for www.patch.com I think by now we are all experiencing the doldrums of winter and are eagerly awaiting the explosion of color that spring provides. While bark appeal, bud formations and winter skeletal outlines are impressive; there is no denying that the emergence of...

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

  Published January 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist My good friend and horticultural demigod, John Stella, inspired the title of this article. Several months ago we were talking about characteristics of plants and how a trained eye can see them so clearly. Just as a...

‘Gingerbread’ Is Not Just For The Holidays!

‘Gingerbread’ Is Not Just For The Holidays! Social medias are growing on me. Once apprehensive and skeptical about these viral outlets, I have grown to like them and find them purposeful and educational at times. I still feel that they are used as a popularity contest,...

Christmas Trees

article written for www.patch.com The holidays are officially here and Christmas trees tied to the roofs of cars is clearly a benchmark that things are in full swing. Some of the more popular Christmas trees to choose from are Fraser fir, Noble fir, Concolor or White...

Uncommonly Good

Uncommonly Good        Last December I wrote an article entitled “Bold Vision” which discussed an outstanding garden in Nutley, New Jersey done by an exceptional designer, Richard Hartlage. The article discusses, in some detail, the layers and principles of that garden and fine garden design. One...

Vegas Baby

Vegas Baby   Vegas Baby… a phrase that my wife taught our three-year-old daughter on a recent vacation to Las Vegas. Right smack in the middle of August we decided it would be a great idea to visit a desert, 110-degree dry heat by the way, to...