Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

Piet Oudolf

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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More than the Lurie Garden

December 21, 2013

In Chicago for a family event last weekend, I hoped to see Piet Oudolf’s Lurie Garden for the first time. Unfortunately Chicago had its first major snow storm that week. The garden was closed. But all wasn’t lost.

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Book Review: The New English Garden by Tim Richardson

November 22, 2013
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Tim Richardson’s new book, The New English Garden, is a beautifully photographed, sensuously appealing volume slathered with full-page photographs and huge double-page spreads so large you feel you could fall into them. The book is a hedonistic delight and a source of many hour’s diversion and, if you’re so inclined, a pleasant opportunity for learning. […]

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Garden Diary: Integrating a new place

June 11, 2013
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Integrating the new into the old

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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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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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