Federal Twist in Gardens Illustrated

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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As with any magazine article, space is limited and words are counted dearly. There’s a larger story here, but I’ll tell it elsewhere … and say thank you to Noël Kingsbury, Claire Takacs, and Gardens Illustrated.



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18 thoughts on “Federal Twist in Gardens Illustrated

    1. I’ve noticed the issues in the UK have a month designation on the cover. For those that come to the US, there is no month, only a number. I suppose it’s to make us think we don’t get the magazine a month after readers in the UK. Is this the same in South Africa? It makes it very hard to look up articles in past issues.

  1. Noel’s word count may not be large but he makes each one count. I felt I knew Federal Twist from your blog; now, thanks to the words and photos, I feel like I’ve visited it. Congratulations.

    1. Thank you, Peter. I’ve hesitated to keep the phrase “new American garden” because it’s now well over 40 years old. But I think still a useful term to distinguish how differently such gardens develop over here in our continental climate.

  2. That does manage to say a lot in a few words!

    In the big picture on the second page, I was struck by the blue tones of the non-upright grass clumps, and couldn’t really remember seeing much of that in your pictures. Is it Panicum amarum? Whatever it is, is it still thriving? It’s a wonderful contrast to all the verticals, and carries the eye back to that Miscanthus giganteus in the back.

    [Had to chuckle at your warning about the Misc. gig. during the annual burn; we have one here, and often use some of the previous year’s stalks, broken up, as kindling for the fire pit. Nothing, but nothing, creates a bigger flame faster; I’d like someday to know more about the chemistry behind that phenomenon.]

    1. The blue-toned ones are Miscanthus in the foreground and, at the back, willows. I think the blue effect is caused by morning light, possibly with dew on them. This is an effect I’d like to make permanent, but I’m not sure how. Perhaps replace all the miscanthus with Panicum ‘Dallas Blues’ but I don’t think the effect would be at all the same. I do wonder, also, why Miscanthus giganteus burns so well for you.

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