Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

Noel Kingsbury

Federal Twist in Gardens Illustrated

September 1, 2016

An article on Federal Twist is in the September Gardens Illustrated. This issue won’t reach the US until sometime near the end of September. So here, forthwith, a scan, which I realize may be difficult to read (click images to enlarge them, click again to enlarge more).

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Green, green

August 23, 2015

Green, green grass of home

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What if a visitor arrives before the garden’s up to snuff?

April 3, 2015

One of the few disadvantages of a prairie-style garden is the mostly vacant stare it gives you until June. I have a garden visitor coming in early May, when the garden has barely begun to turn green and most of the high summer’s 12-foot behemoths are only 6 to 10 inches high. It certainly won’t […]

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“Everyone was incredibly enthusiastic”

October 16, 2014

Well, that’s what Noel said. It seemed to ring true. Everyone was lively and happy and interested.

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Imitating New Zealand

April 3, 2014
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Time and time again I drove past thousands of flowering Crocosmia on the roadsides of New Zealand, remarking to myself, “I’ll stop in a few miles and take a photo of this.” As a plant of South African origin, Crocosmia apparently loves Kiwi roadsides. I never stopped to take that picture, so the closest I can […]

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Looking Back on 2013

January 10, 2014

Musing over the photos of last year’s garden, I realize I lost most of the late winter and spring. Constructing the new reflecting pool and surrounding area, then replanting the construction site took most of my attention and made a mess of the garden. Apart from the winter interest provided by an ice storm in […]

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Garden is a verb

May 3, 2013
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Garden is a verb. In the aftermath of messy winter construction, planting goes apace.

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A glorious light – Chanticleer in autumn twilight

March 30, 2013
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A twilight visit to Chanticleer in autumn

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Ecological disruption: Has Travis Beck been in my garden?

February 21, 2013
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Yes, in my head in my garden

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Garden visitors

October 27, 2012
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Welcome visitors to the Federal Twist garden.

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Is planting Dahlia ‘Bishop of Landaff’ an immoral act?

October 14, 2006
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Native vs non-native…good or bad?

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I dislike the phrase “Sustainable Design” but…

December 23, 2005
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The very beginning of the journey…..

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