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The 2017 PHS Flower Show – “Holland” is So Much More Than Bulbs

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Choosing a theme like “Holland: Flowering the World” gives the Philadelphia Flower Show a great opportunity to surprise and delight the public.  After all, attendees already think they know what they’ll see when they walk through that bank of doors and onto the show floor of the Convention Center:     Bulbs, and lots of [...]

PPA names Asclepias tuberosa 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

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Though I annually make fun of the design and fashion addicts that sit in rapt attention waiting for Pantone to release their “Color of the Year” (this year’s Greenery might signal a temporary cease-fire to that snark-war), I’m always curious as to the winner of the Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial Plant of the Year.   Most [...]

New study shows healthy living includes HOUSEPLANTS!

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Saving this schefflera by taking it inside during the winter could be a mutually beneficial proposition - according to a new study. A recent study conducted by Vadoud Niri, Ph.D. and his team of researchers at State University of New York at Oswego is pointing to the health benefits of having houseplants in [...]

AND IT’S OFF!

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Huge smile of relief as the book manuscript heads off to my editor at Skyhorse Publishing with a click of the mouse (and thanks to the free wifi-wonderland of a good friend who also provides snacks on Fridays.) No doubt there is much revising ahead, but that's what rose-colored glasses are for.

WHEN LIFE GETS CRAZY – AMERICANS TURN TO THEIR GARDENS.

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Cool news from the National Gardening Research Center - three out of four American households are picking up the trowel and plunging in. Over 90 million households did lawn and/or garden related projects last year and 6 million of them were doing it for the first time. During the economic recession, gardening as a pastime [...]

Outer Banks Vacation This Year? Consider an Elizabethan Garden Tour…

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How many gardeners are currently being held against their will in beach houses up and down the Outer Banks while their families burn themselves crispy on sandy beaches?  Gardeners get all that sun nonsense at home – in fact we can rarely get out of it.  How much better then to interrupt the day’s regularly [...]

SURREYBROOKE’S MUSIC IN THE GARDEN – JUNE 18TH

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Truly one of the highlights of my summer season, Surreybrooke’s Music in the Garden Twilight Walk, is on the calendar even before May is here.  This ticketed (always sold out), event combines gardens, friends, music and picnics-at-dusk to create a one-of-a-kind experience that attracts people to Middletown, MD from all over the DC Metro area. [...]

SHEPHERDSTOWN’S BACK ALLEY GARDEN TOUR MAY 21-22

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I realize that I'm giving you a lot to choose from on the weekend of May 21st, but luckily you don't need to choose.  Garden tours in Frederick, MD and Shepherdstown, WV run on both Saturday AND Sunday! You've already heard a bit of news about Frederick's tour, but if you've never made the gorgeous [...]

BEYOND THE GARDEN GATES: FREDERICK’S GARDENS MAY 21&22

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It's garden tour time folks, and for those in Central Maryland or Northern Virginia, this one is right in our backyard. For over twenty years, the Frederick, Maryland Beyond the Garden Gates tour has attracted gardeners and non-gardeners alike to a terrific line-up of public and private gardens.  I'll attend many private tours over the [...]

HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK IN VIRGINIA IS HERE! APRIL 23-30

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If you can't be in England now that April's here - don't despair. We've got some stunning gardens on this side of the pond and now, from April 23-30, The Garden Clubs of Virginia step up and highlight 250 of them during Historic Garden Week.  Since 1927, this event has been the highlight of spring [...]