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FABULOUS, UNIQUE & FUNKY FRUIT

Published October 15, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Most people are drawn, at least initially, to plants because of their flowers. As their education continues, it seems, so does their appreciation of other attributes. Admiring the flowers of rhododendron and azalea and appreciating the unique bark that many trees and...

“PLANTGASM”

Published September 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Daryl Kobesky, a friend and colleague in the industry, greeted me a few weeks ago on a nursery tour with this witty title. His spontaneous and clever word, Plantgasm, was used in reference to our enjoyment of his well-tended plants. Along side...

SHORE TO PLEASE

Published August 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff A few weeks ago my family took a “daycation” to the Jersey Shore. Traveling down to Long Branch for a little “fun in the sun,” we made our way back home in a most indirect way. Traveling through Oceanport, Little Silver, Rumson...

A GUILTY PLEASURE

Published July 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff There are times in life when you know what the right thing to do is and you simply go the other way. I’m not talking about a moral compass here, but rather a gardening decision I made, for my own property, a...

A VERY VERSATILE PLANT

Published June 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff There are a handful of plants that I refer to as my “Go To” plants. These are plants that solve problems, create drama in the garden, add texture to almost any setting and get you out of a bind if you are...

A FEW PLANTS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT

Published April 2, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Spring is finally here! The anticipation of color emerging from swollen buds, daffodils poking their heads through the softening mulch and warmer temperatures all have me eager to start our gardens revival. There are so many wonderful plants to look forward to...

TIME SPENT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Published March 2, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff The Pacific Northwest has long been a source for nursery stock for our garden center. For nearly 20 years I have been visiting this special part of our country, in part for business and in part to feed my soul with all...

“I’M TELLING YOU FOR THE LAST TIME”

Published February 22, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Endless Summer Hydrangea add beauty to season. When I was thinking about what to write for this month, Endless Summer Hydrangea just came to me. There has been a marketing craze with this plant that has been going on for several years now. Perhaps...

20 QUESTIONS FOR “THE DR.”

Published January 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff I happened into the world of horticulture simply by needing a summer job after my freshman year at Rutgers University. Metropolitan Plant Exchange in West Orange, New Jersey is where my formal education began. Two of my most favorite people in this...

DISNEY MAGIC

Published December 30, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff When my brother found out that my wife and I were expecting our daughter he said, “How great, you have a chance to live your childhood all over again”. Truer words were never spoken! This past month, my wife and I took...