As staff horticulturist, part of my job is to plant and maintain a display garden. I grow many of the newest perennials on the market and evaluate them here in zone 5. Improved varieties of some North American native plants were among the most outstanding plants in the garden during the 2007 growing season.
Lime Rickey Heuchera
One o [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
Harvest results from one of our testers, Lucinda Trombly, who lives in Fort Collins, CO.
Deborah Miuccio works in the test gardens here in Burlington, VT.
As Product Testing and Research Coordinator, I test, test, and retest our products in the backyard of our headquarters in Burlington, VT, to make sure they work for our customers.
I also co [...]
When are the desert wildflowers going to bloom, so we can time our trip to see them at their peak? Where are the best places to see them? Questions like these flood state and national parks, public gardens and tourism offices in the Southwest.
Mexican gold poppies.
Where and when to find the best spring wildflower displays
Mexican gold [...]
Photos taken by Debbie Page and Susan Romanoff during their visits to Longwood Gardens.
Last fall, I got the chance to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, which also happens to be a mushroom capital of the U.S. Founded by Pierre DuPont in 1906 in an attempt to save century-old trees, the gardens feature an arboretum and grand co [...]
Canadians Michel Beauchamp and Josée Landry designed their own garden, in their Drummondville, Quebec, front yard. She says “I love design and Michel has great ideas.” One reason the garden is in the front yard: The back yard is too shady. Photo: Ghyslain Bergeron New front-yard vegetable gardens are sprouting up all over, and gar [...]
Healthy turf grows on healthy soil. It starts with a simple soil test.
It’s been quite a while since I tested soil samples from my lawn, but it’s clearly time to do so. The turf is looking a bit thin and the weeds seem to be gaining ground. I suspect that soil pH is the source of both problems. When the pH is out of kilter, plants ca [...]
What’s growing this year in our test gardens.
Bam-Bam contemplates a leafy oxheart carrot that’s bigger than her head.
Carrots that grew bigger than a bunny’s head were just one of the surprises in the Gardener’s Supply display and test garden this summer. An heirloom variety introduced in 1884, Oxheart carrot is short an [...]