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Creating Vertical Elements in the Garden

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Four years ago, I started a small willow nursery for personal use. I got willow cuttings from my friend Michael Dodge who owns Vermont Willows. I also bought 12’ foot willow rods to make a living willow tunnels for my … Continue reading

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Plowed Snow Damages Plants

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Winter is hard enough on plants with all the freezing and thawing, and subzero weather, but we also have to make sure, when we design a garden, that our plants will be out of the way of the snow plow. … Continue reading

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Winter – A Time to See Garden’s Architecture

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Those of you who live in the northern hemisphere, experience a winter season pared to its bare essentials. And it is by no means all bad news. In this reduced landscape you have the advantage of seeing your garden with … Continue reading

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Late November

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A fellow blogger suggested that if you become burned out from writing, the best thing is to take a break. Hence my long absence from this blog. I have not been idle though. I have put a garden to bed … Continue reading

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Conversation among the Plants

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When plant combinations work it is because they enhance one another. I like to think of these sometimes planned, sometimes serendipitous events as conversations between the plants involved. Repeating the same plant like Malus ‘Donald Wyman’ in my Moon garden … Continue reading

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New Parking area- ‘before and after’

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For years the too small parking area next to the house has been problematic. Regardless of age our friends, you know who you are, crushed my flowering plants along the edge and had to make ten point turns in order … Continue reading

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The New Perennial Movement

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photography by Iwan Baan and James Golden I began working as a garden designer in New York City in the 1990s when there was a craze for ornamental grasses that I soon discovered was a valuable plant for difficult sites. … Continue reading

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