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Bulbs for the South & Artist In the Garden

I love when an organization ask me to return for more than one presentation.  There’s so much more to say, do, talk about than can happen in the usual one hour format. These two presentations, with a break for lunch couldn’t be more different.  But the first builds up to the second; the first is… Read More

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What Lies Within. Why We Planted a Giant Pot of Bamboo.

We’re working with a client who thinks about the big picture in her gardening.  Including unpleasant stuff and what happens in the distance; the production and disposal of plants. We’re a perfect fit.  I often lament that the “green industry”, which should be a part of the solution, is often a part of the environmental… Read More

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Crinum 'Asian Bell' with Saltbush, asters and mums

Fall Pictures From Beech Island

Gardening is thinking ahead a few minutes, a few months or a few generations.  There’s something about this little spot of red dirt, perched on the wooded hills above the river, with Augusta, Georgia, making noise and light in the distance, that helps people find peace and think in generations. Click here to see a… Read More

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Making Art with Garden Trash

My grandfather painted.  My father made furniture.  I make gardens.  Three generations of artists, and we have a lot in common.  Including waste. The waste of artists always has fascinated me: uniform ends of wood, those squeezed tubes of oil paint, discarded drawings, even sawdust. The waste from gardens enthralls me. It’s fuzzy.  The distinction… Read More

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Planting a Perennial Border for Hospice Cut Flowers

Linda has a cool story.  She’s cared for her parents, worked a lot and ready to retire.  But not ready to slow down.  So she bought a little farm house at the edge of booming suburbs and is planning a cut flower operation– specifically to give cut flowers to local hospice centers. She’s into nutrition,… Read More

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Io moth caterpillar on Crinum Pink Flamingo

Lilies & Nocturnal Seduction. There’s a word for that and it’s a silly, fun, lovely word…..

As nights warm up, a flashlight reveals the fluttering cloud above dark lily fields. Millions of moths.  The crinum lilies invite them.  Daytime those moths hunker down in the straw mulch.  But something more than shifting light calls them up from below. If you had a slow-motion camera and a fragrance detector, you could see… Read More

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Where Do You Grow Crinum?

Let’s build a Crinum map together!   Send pictures of your crinum lilies.  In the email subject line please type your city and state.   (Send your town even if you don’t have pictures). We’ll mark your town and post the picture to our map of Crinum Lovers!  (Don’t worry, we won’t post your name or address… Read More

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Flowers vary from pure white to pink but most are striped.

My First Crinum Lily is About 75 Years Old

After tons of delicate spring flowers, I”m ready for some bold color and big textures.  Every year, I feel the same. In garden design, I always seek contrasting textures— which is kind of tough in spring since we have lots of new, tiny leaves and delicate flowers. Crinum bulbispermum is pushing into flower this second… Read More

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Winter Garden & The VERY First Plant Books

In five inches of snow, with hand warming chemical packs in my pocket, I saw 90 different varieties of witch hazel sparkle.  The Missouri Botanical Garden staff horticulturist Sara Murphy cares for this huge planting.  They were in full flower, in the snow, in February in St. Louis. Sara knows how to make them look… Read More

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