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Chastetree

All too often I see people using trees that are too big for their allotted space. I have always suspected that their decision was predicated on one of two things. Either they were swayed by the fact that they could buy a larger tree that...

The Lion’s Head

One of the first trips I took to Oregon, some thirty years ago, to acquire nursery stock for our garden center; I found myself smitten with a certain tree. Determined to see and know everything I could, as if that’s possible in one outing, I...

Socrates May Have Liked This Hybrid

Most of us have heard the story of Socrates and his untimely death at age 70. Standing before a jury and fellow Athenians, Socrates was sentenced to death in 339 BC. His anti-democratic views and impious acts lead to a guilty decision, a vote of...

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...

In The Not Too Distant Future…

Recently I returned from the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in Baltimore, Maryland, one of the nation’s largest trade shows for the Independent Garden Center. More than 11,000 registered attendees came from 48 states and 16 countries to visit 956 exhibiting companies all there to...