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Hill Country style and a downtown view in the garden of Ruthie Burrus

6 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I see a lot of gardens on public tours, which I enjoy tremendously. But being invited for a private tour of a new-to-me garden is a special treat, especially if the garden happens to belong to an avid gardener making the most of a beautiful, hilltop site overlooking downtown Austin. Show More Summary

Sylvan silver: Paul Sorey tree sculpture shines in downtown Austin

One day a silver tree sprouted on a street corner in downtown Austin where nothing had grown for a year but piles of construction debris from the new Cirrus Logic building at West Avenue and W. 6th Street. I’d crawl past with one eye glued to the tree, craning my neck to see it, risking impatient horn honking from those behind me. Show More Summary

The Monsters Among Us by Ivette Soler

Happy Halloween. I hope to really scare you. Because there ARE monsters. There are things that are truly frightening in our world, and we gardeners are on the front lines, either fighting these forces of evil, or being victimized by them. OR, we stand by and do nothing… and to my mind that is really […]

Melody’s romantic garden of passalong plants in San Antonio

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last year Shirley of Rock-Oak-Deer blogged about the garden of her neighbor Melody. I had met Melody at talks I gave in San Antonio and Brenham, so I read about her garden with particular interest. And I was thrilled when Shirley and Melody arranged for me and a small group of friends to make a fall visit. Show More Summary

Gardening politics through the centuries by Elizabeth Licata

Thanks to a couple of fascinating new releases from Frances Lincoln, Katie Campbell’s British Gardens in Time and George Plumptre’s The English Country House Garden, I’ve beginning to add some dimensions to my starry-eyed reverence for the great English gardens. The reverence is still there, but now it’s accompanied by a little bit of understanding. […]

Heather’s Xericstyle garden in San Antonio

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last week I roadtripped south with a few friends to see the gardens of our San Antonio blogger friends, Heather Ginsburg of Xericstyle and Shirley Fox of Rock-Oak-Deer, plus Shirley’s neighbor and gardening friend Melody. I posted about Shirley’s garden here. Show More Summary

Garden Bloggers Bloom and Foliage Day - October 2014

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Greenbow

It has come to that time of year when you look around my garden and it looks rusty. Most everything is finished blooming and what blooms are still evident are either shriveled or rusted. Such as the collection of hydrangeas. This Nikko Blue has put up one last small bloom. Show More Summary

Visiting a San Antonio garden with rocks, oaks, and deer

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Ahh, I’m back and enjoying our mellow Texas fall after a garden-visiting weekend in New York City, and guess what I’ve been doing since I got back? Yep! Visiting more gardens. Last Friday a few friends and I headed south to San Antonio to visit the gardens of two Alamo City bloggers and a gardening friend. Show More Summary

Confessions of a Garden Conservancy Open Day Volunteer by Susan Harris

Before I get to the confessions, a short tour of the four fabulous DC-area gardens open to the public through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Gardens Program.  (And thanks to local APLD VP Carolyn Mullet for making it happen.) The home and garden above and in the next three photos are modern in the best ways – doing smart […]

Ellen DeGeneres ISO Gardener by Susan Harris

Anyone following Nick the Gardener on the Ellen Show knows that she helped him  land a part in a sequel to the Magic Mike movie. So now she’s looking for a new gardener – click here to apply.  Must be “hot, strong, and have that extra somethin’ somethin’.” I’m not a regular Ellen-watcher but have heard she […]

Trashing Out with Kudzu and ‘Sherman’s Ghost’ by Allen Bush

Kudzu is the poster child for invasive plants. The vine that gobbled up more than seven million acres in the south became the unintended consequence of the USDA’s plan to stop erosion. When African-Americans, in 1910, began their migration from the rural south to northern cities, the vine would eventually go wild. Marco Polo wrote […]

Amsonia, Aster and Capital Columns at the National Arboretum by Susan Harris

I’ve been waiting eagerly for these plants to reach their peak of fall color and yesterday they dee-livered!  After posting this on Facebook I learned that the designer is well-known plantswoman Angela Treadwell-Palmer.  Great example of the kind of native-plant design being promoted by Thomas Rainer, who just turned in his book on the subject […]

Autumn amble at New York Botanical Garden

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After touring Wave Hill on October 11, my daughter and I took the train to the New York Botanical Garden. Although both NYBG and Wave Hill are located in the Bronx, mass transit between the two ate up some time, and we had tickets to a Broadway show that evening. Show More Summary

From Lawn to Portrait in Sand to Soccer Field by Susan Harris

For just this month a 6-acre strip of lawn on the National Mall has been turned into a portrait in sand and dirt by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada called “Out of Many, One.” Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, it’s a composite of many ethnic groups, a generic face of Americans. About 2,300 tons of sand and 800 […]

Visit to Wave Hill in New York City, Part 2

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Wave Hill, an estate garden in the Bronx in New York City, which I visited on October 11, was romantically blowsy in the Pergola, Elliptical, and Flower Gardens near the entry. But it got a bit bolder, even Hollywood, in the Aquatic and Monocot Gardens. Show More Summary

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