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Road Trip

Back in late July of this year my friend John Stella, plantsman extraordinaire, enticed me to take a ride with him to Fairfield, Connecticut. There he promised I would see one of my favorite trees in its mature state. Our destination was Oliver Nurseries, a nursery/garden center that...

Famous Tree Quotes

Throughout history, it seems, people have been fascinated and intrigued with trees. Poets, producers, presidents, politicians, philosophers, political commentators even Popes have all had their own unique language of expressing their thoughts and drawing upon life’s comparisons with trees. For years I have been compiling...

Plants That Make “Scents”

Plants have the ability to capture our attention in a number of ways. Flowers are the obvious draw initially, while things like leaves, bark, stems and buds may, in time, earn our respect and admiration. But these attributes are purely visual. Just one of our...

Things That Make You Go “Hmm…”

Back in June of 1991 there was a song released by American dance artist C+C Music Factory. “The song was inspired by a running gag on The Arsenio Hall Show, whereby Arsenio, while on an alleged long drive, ponders certain thoughts and refers to them...

Architectural, Sleek and Practical

Often, at our garden center, I speak to customers about the right plant for the right place. Having been in retail for almost three decades, I can say that many times customers are driven by price first and design second. It’s as though customers would...

Remarkable Women

    The end of May, I had an opportunity to listen to and meet some extraordinary women. An event marked on my calendar for months, it was The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) that afforded me an unforgettable experience. It’s not often that I can...

Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

     Willow, the name itself conjures up images of a large weeping tree near a pond reflecting itself. Graceful, pendulous branches almost touching the waters edge, this tree is a failsafe for those seeking a tree that will tolerate wet areas. Capable of gobbling...

Treasures Waiting to be Planted

I have one of the greatest jobs! I love my work and enjoy my industry so much that it really never feels like work. One of the perks for me is that I get to travel all over the country and handpick all the nursery...

Sculpting The Land

This past February, between snowstorms, I had an opportunity to listen to one of the world’s foremost landscape architects. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx gets powerful speakers and prominent horticultural professionals. This was certainly no disappointment. In the Arthur & Janet Ross...

“Queen Of The Vines”

Gripped within the arms of yet another Polar Vortex, a term I learned from Al Roker on The Today Show, I am now, more than ever, eagerly waiting for spring’s arrival. This particular cold spell even has Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle shivering. A native Jersey boy, I...