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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...

Replacing The Swiss Cheese in Your Garden

     Over the past couple of years, there has been an influx of pathogens and insects setting their sights on destroying your garden spaces. Starting with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, there has been Impatiens Downy Mildew, Basil Downy Mildew, Sudden Oak Death (SOD), Emerald Ash Borer,...

Saucy Strawberries, Jambalaya & Bumbleberry

2018 was one of the wettest years on record which made it just terrible for gardening. Farmers here, in the Garden State, had awful yields of corn, tomatoes and peppers and unless you were into aquatic gardening, many plants just rotted. Alas, that was last...

“Let The Game Begin”

Here’s an attention getter for you… there is a Christmas tree shortage this year and you should expect prices to go up! Over the past year independent garden centers have known this truth and have been scrambling to have enough inventory to meet the demand....

Truffle Hunting in Umbria: A Symbiotic Relationship

One of my best life experiences was towards the end of our vacation, this past summer, when my family and a few friends went truffle hunting in Italy. Traveling on the Intercity train, we trekked nearly 100 miles north of Rome to Spoleto, Italy. Following...

The Vatican Gardens & Those Amazing “Broccoli Trees”

Picking up on where I left off last month, I finished the summer right where I started it, touring gardens. I have a very good friend, Dan Bartiromo, who sells travel. Dan has always had the ability to put me in the right place, at...