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What is Blooming in the Fall Garden Now

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Winter Flowering and Fabulous

  This is a must have in the garden for me –  an early flowering witch hazel: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’. It is considered by many to be one of the best cultivars to result from crossing Hamamelis mollis, a Chinese cultivar and H. japonica, a Japanese cultivar. Attributes … Continue reading

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5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Garden:

Winter is dreary, and the months can drag on for what seems like forever. But that makes it the perfect time to start thinking about the big picture: overhauling your garden, repaving a walkway, adding a focal element to create … Continue reading

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Pairing Plants, Site and Piece

Sculpture and the garden is a natural combination, one that offers almost endless possibilities.  Ideally sited, the background with its tone and texture and the quality of its light and shadow become an actual part of the composition of the … Continue reading

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Tickling our Fancy

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For the conclusion of her lecture to a small, grateful group at NYBG last November, Page Dickey presented images from ‘gardens that have tickled’ her. Dickey says we all need to be excited by gardens. Topping her tickle list is Bunny William’s Pool House, which overlooks her orchard and borders a wood path.  The structure is part garden folly and part Greek-Revival architecture. Its proportions are classical and timeless, while its materials are wonderful and whimsical. The pediment is clad in rough hewn timbers with the bark still attached, and the columns are tree trunks with pinecones used as the column details. Throughout her property Williams creates moments that are timeless, with sculpture, furniture placement and ornamentation, combined with plant placement. She is a master at it! Another item on Dickey’s list is what was once Nedda Lockwood’s 100-acre property in … Continue reading

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January “to do” list:

1. Develop a garden plan. 2. Make a list of the plants you lack but would like to own. 3. Try to learn something of the origin, history and habits of your special favorites. It will make it a lot … Continue reading

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From Art to Landscape

In the second chapter of his superb book, From Art To Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, W. Gary Smith discusses the benefits of building a visual vocabulary.  A large part of the book is about training yourself to see. … Continue reading

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A Villain in the Landscape

With the arrival of autumn color in the landscape and the scarcity of leaves, one can clearly see the invasiveness of Winged burning bush, or Euonymus ‘compacta’ or Winged euonymus. Whatever name you use for this fast-growing villain; help to eliminate it … Continue reading

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Page Dickey at NYBG

A fortunate group of New York Botanical Garden alumnae and other landscape professionals got to hear Page Dickey lecture yesterday in an intimate venue at the school. The title of the lecture was “The Runaway, Overgrown Garden”. Something we’re all familiar … Continue reading

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Can Painting Play a Role When Creating a Garden?

Can Painting Play a Role When Creating a Garden?       In The Artful Garden, James Van Sweden writes about utilizing a “broader aesthetic world” and the inspiration of fine art when designing a landscape. He specifically references the gorgeous … Continue reading

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