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Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, CA

Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, CA

The design and plants used in the Undersea Garden successfully imitate the look of a coral reef. On a recent trip to Southern California, I spent a plant-lover’s dream day at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. I live and garden in northern New England, so visiting a public garden in Zone 10 is a rare […]

Compost Confession

Dinner prep in progress, with the Biobag close at hand, right by the cutting board.

I have a confession to make: Although I work for Gardener’s Supply, I don’t have a backyard composter. Startling, but true. All yard waste—and there’s a lot of it—is thrown directly into the bed of my truck. From there, I bring it to the Intervale Center, which is just down the road. It’s a huge, […]

Dream Gardens

Dream Gardens

My mid-winter daydreams often take me back to Holland’s Keukenhof gardens. This is one of the paths I walked along when I was there on an April morning in 2006. My garden has been frozen and covered with snow since the middle of November. At this point in the winter, I’m so color-deprived that a […]

Too Many Tubtrugs?

Too Many Tubtrugs?

I already have 5 of them. Three old black ones and two more in pistachio green. But I could definitely use a couple more. Last fall, when I was harvesting the last of the vegetables, I filled my tub trugs with beets and carrots; I used them to transport asters and other plants that I […]

Gardeners You Should Know: Allan Armitage

Gardeners You Should Know: Allan Armitage

Allan Armitage Allan Armitage is one of the world’s leading experts on perennials and annuals. Born in Montreal, Quebec, and now living in Georgia, he has experience gardening in zones 3 through 8. As a professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, he oversees the University’s test gardens and new plant programs. Over the […]

Give a Gnome a Home

Give a Gnome a Home

Gnomes aren’t to everyone’s taste, but I really like this one. Other than two stainless steel orbs, a small stone buddha and two concrete bunnies, I have kept a lid on the number and type of “decorative accents” allowed in my garden. But I recently made a new acquisition: a gnome. My British gardening friend […]

Growing Tomatoes at 7,000 ft.

Growing Tomatoes at 7,000 ft.

The best tomatoes I’ve ever eaten were grown in Italy and Texas, where the hot sun makes for a high sugar content and lots of rich tomato flavor. So I was surprised to discover that tomatoes are actually native to the Andes of Peru. Sara McAllister on her deck in Carbondale, Co. Sara McAllister probably […]

Essential Reference Books for Gardeners

Essential Reference Books for Gardeners

Several years ago, I wrote a book called Passport to Gardening. Each chapter included a brief overview of a particular gardening topic (from annual flowers to water gardening) and recommendations for best books on the topic. In order to make these recommendations, I reviewed more than 400 gardening books. Most of them were sent to […]

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