Author Archives: Don Statham

Late Spring: the Benefits of Large Foliage Plants

The plants that are grabbing my attention at the moment are the large leaf plants. Large shapes of green color in contrast with smaller more delicate perennials create a pause and slow you down as you view a large planting. … Continue reading

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Fieldstone Path Planted with Woolly Thyme

Around the 1870’s bluestone quarries were booming in the Catskills providing large cut slabs of slate for the sidewalks in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Toronto and many towns and cities in the northeast. My wife and I were waiting … Continue reading

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Living without Yew

When I first started laying out the garden I created an allee of a six Taxus cuspidata. I bought the plants already quite large, six foot tall by five feet wide, perfect pyramidal shapes that added a formality to an … Continue reading

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Open Garden Days 2016

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The Garden Conservancy Open Garden Days, July2, 2016  from 10:00- 4:00 My garden will be featured on Saturday, July 2nd  along with many other wonderful gardens in our area. I have been editing the garden for the past two years … Continue reading

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Non Aggressive Plants and the Trials of Editing a Garden

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In “Thugs in the Garden” (KL, Summer 2015) I wrote about plants that overtake a border by intensive root systems or by self seeding. Part of an education of a gardener includes figuring out which plants are aggressive and which … Continue reading

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Private Gardens- Holland

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While in Holland in late August, I visited some private gardens located in one of the many polders. A Polder is a tract of low land, especially in the Netherlands, reclaimed from the sea or other body of water and … Continue reading

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A Wild Idea -The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

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This past August, I traveled to the Netherlands.  I’ve been there before, but never explored beyond Amsterdam. It was a great treat to stay in the eastern part of the country at a Dutch friend’s family place and make day … Continue reading

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