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Plant Mulch Alternatives

Hello fellow readers, Last week’s chat about remedies of carpenter ants and termites in mulch brings to mind the best solution of all. Plant mulch alternatives instead—groundcovers, which go beyond everyday ones like pachysandra and vinca minor. First, consider cultural requirem
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Beautiful Bulbs well worth waiting for…

Some of the most beautiful bulbs you plant in the spring are like flowering pets such as freesia, dahlias, and most gladiolas. Then there are care-free hummingbird magnets such as crocosmia.
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She’s a Beautyberry

Hello fellow readers, It’s a marvel how life brings people together. It’s one of the joys gained from the work I do. Especially when I rub shoulders with fellow gardeners, many far more accomplished than I in nurturing plants. Such is the case of Jacquie of Byram NJ who reached out fo
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Pallet Garden & AC Screen

Hello fellow readers, What a whirlwind trip venturing to Tennessee to attend my nephews’ wedding. Ellie in tow, brother Rick suggested a great walking spot in Knoxville called Lakeshore Park, with spectacular views of the Tennessee River and the Great Smoky Mountains. What a glo
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Preparing for Winter Gardens

Hello fellow readers, It’s the time of year for tending to leaves and tidying our gardens for a long winters rest. The truth is though, our gardens don’t rest. The fallen leaves and decaying plant material are providing nourishment for next year’s growth by decomposing and putting nut
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A Steep Woodland Garden

Revised 4/1/2020 Hello fellow readers, I have the privilege to work with Stephanie of Denville, NJ, who moved from the west coast. She bought a cute cottage in a lake community with views overlooking a magnificent forest. The steepness of the slope is a dilemma for those like Stephani
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Urban Gardens

Hello fellow readers, A visit to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh was a highlight of a recent trip. The mist from a glorious 150-foot fountain that sits at the point where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers combine provided soothing relief from the oppressive heat of t
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Plant more Plants!

Hello Fellow Readers, “Plant more plants” was music to my ears shared by Claudia West at the recent NJ Plants tradeshow held in Edison NJ. Claudia is the Ecological Sales Representative of North Creek Nurseries; my go-to wholesale propagation nursery in Landenberg, PA. Her presentatio
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Love your Garden of Life

Hello Fellow Readers, I find inspiration in the wisdom of Mike Dooley, a speaker and author including two New York Times bestsellers. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Mike a few years back in Philadelphia while attending one of his talks. I thought I’d share insights gained fro
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Gardens Glow

Hello fellow readers, If I may share a remarkable garden design story for Morristown Airport and lessons gained from how white gardens glow. Do you recall as a kid waiting until the last minute to finish your homework? As adults, it’s not about waiting, more about not having a m
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