Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

Piet Oudolf

Federal Twist in Elle Decor – Redux

March 14, 2015

Thanks to Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry, my garden makes a brief appearance in the April issue of Elle Decor.  I know Nancy and Susan from their recent book, Gardens of the Garden State, where they featured Federal Twist among the astonishing variety of gardens in New Jersey. Only one small caveat; I don’t agree with Elle Decor’s […]

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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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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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