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Eryngium pandanifolium Needs a Better Name & It Oughta Mention Tree Frogs

Like the best of “exclamation point” plants, giant eryngium adds evergreen structure to a garden. But like, drought-tolerant plants, the leaves look stiff and foreboding to some people. One garden client used to constantly tell me to leave my ‘pokey and prickly’ plants out of her designs!  Some of those things can be hell to… Read More

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Virus Prevention on a Lily Farm. It’s a Community Thing.

Imagine endless rows of fields of corn on a modern farm.  Now let the rows turn into endless pink flowers.  Sounds pretty right?  On our little farm, which specializes in one type of lily, we could grow that way.  But like the small farms that sustained and built this country, here, diversity is key.  Diversity… Read More

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Ghost in the Crinum Field —- A Massive Bulb Stimulates Weird Thoughts While the Garden Crew Works

I see things nobody else does.  Snapshots, little fictional scenarios flash through my head.  Does that happen to you?   Today when we were digging the biggest of big bulbs, Crinum ‘Fiesta’, it happened.  Leaning on shovels next to me, two nice fella’s who I thought would never have a black thought like the one I pushed… Read More

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Axis Point A Story of Garden Design from Concept to Installation by Sam Thorp Engler

It all started with a new house and an empty yard. A clean slate if you will. A canvas that would soon prove to introduce a dream garden that ultimately ties this lonely brick home into a fluent mixture of architecture and landscape.  A mid century-modern masterpiece. I have had the pleasure of working on… Read More

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