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Nature, Negligence & Negotiations

“To be considered a good gardener you have to have killed some plants along the way. I have killed lots of them” Dr. Michael Dirr. Dr. Dirr spoke these words at a lecture earlier this year in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Michael Dirr has earned...

Ninebark

       By my count this is my 100th article I have written for The Gardener News. Having written about so many plants and their wonderful attributes I thought, for this month, I would write about a plant that has flowers, fruit, outstanding foliage and interesting...

Garden Splendor®

       Whether you like it or not, we live in a branded society! Brands like Polo Ralph Lauren®, Gap®, Apple, Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise, Mercedes-Benz®, BMW and Rolex are all companies we can relate to. Their names alone conjure up thoughts of quality and trust. In the...

“Gardening For The Future”

       This past winter I attended numerous trade shows, garden talks, private gardens, educational seminars and horticultural symposiums. And all the while I knew that the last one on my list, for this past winter, was going to be spectacular. Month’s prior, I had registered...

Catch My Drift

    For years many gardeners have known about The Knock Out Family of Roses series. Roses that are repeat-bloomers, disease resistant, winter hardy and virtually maintenance free. And while I agree with all that is said here, the gripe that comes our way, at our garden...

Planning Ahead

       I have spent the better part of the winter educating myself, attending trades shows, seminars, garden tours, private gardens and surfing the net all to better prepare myself for the upcoming year. I learned a long time ago that no one can learn every...

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This proverbial phrase is meant to encourage optimism and a “can do” attitude when faced with adversity. Given the recent weather phenomena’s, particularly Sandy, I thought it would be a good time to consider talking about improved garden...

BRACE YOURSELVES FOR THIS…

  article written by Robert LaHoff Here it is quite simply… one of the most popular annuals grown, marketed and sold in the Northeast may be difficult to obtain this coming spring. “Impatiens avoidance behavior will largely be seen for the first time in 2013, says Cornell...

CUT CHRISTMAS TREE PRESERVATION 101:

Published December 15, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Measure the height of your ceiling and the thickness of your Christmas tree stand’s base. Sounds simple, however many people think their ceilings are bigger than they are and that their Christmas tree stand adds several inches to the overall height. Remember...

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

Published November 15, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff The holiday season is gradually building and soon some thought will be given to the two planters that flank either side of your front door. Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca ‘Conica’ seems to be the pedestrian plant choice for most. A dwarf White Spruce...