Author: Robert LaHoff

Gardening Has Not Been Cancelled

Energetic, resourceful, tenacious, headstrong and capable are all strong adjectives that can define one’s character. Adversity, struggle and hardship are words used in more strenuous times. One discipline that has helped maintain a sense of “routine” is gardening. Victory gardens, also called “food gardens for defense”, were gardens...

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

     Cajun French for “Let the good times roll”, Mardi Gras 2020 ended not too long ago, in late February, and we were there! The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe eventually making its way to the French House of the Bourbons....

Forty-Five Minutes of Bliss

     January is trade show month and there is no better trade show in the country, in my opinion, than MANTS. The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, this year, was January 8-10. Celebrating its 50th year, MANTS was conceived as a “vehicle to stimulate commerce for the...

48 Days & Counting

     Picking up on where I left off last month, the spring equinox is now 48 days and counting from the time this publication “hits the shelves”. And that means more plants to get excited about! February 2020 has 29 days, a leap year...

78 Days & Counting…

     “In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Thursday, March 19,” 78 days from the publication of this issue of the Gardener News. “This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere” (almanac.com). In other words, gardening...

Keeper of the Grotto

     Perhaps Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., saw the legendary sycamore tree standing in the rear of Corby Hall, at the University of Notre Dame du Lac (Our Lady of the Lake), in 1842? Planning his landscape to build a Catholic University, some 500+ acres...

Visiting Denizens in the Bayou

     Whenever I think about Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum, it always conjures up memories of Jerry Lewis and the MDA Labor Day Telethon’s he did. Raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mr. Lewis would often perform the Radio Announcer’s Test, a complicated tongue-twister...

“Aruba’s Natural Compass”

     Given the gift of travel at a very young age, I was fortunate that my parents took me everywhere growing up. Now, almost at the end of my forties, my wife and I share our love of travel with our daughter. This past...

Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish and a Huge Thank You

     The first recorded use of the phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish was by Joseph Addison in his daily publication The Spectator (1712): “I think a woman who will give up herself to a man in marriage, where there is the least room for such...

A Family & Their New Found Truffula Tree

     One of my favorite children’s books is The Lorax written by Dr. Seuss. “It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax is the titular character, who “speaks for the trees” and confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental degradation” (Wikipedia). The story...