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What does it mean to decolonize a garden?

“It is best just to accept what you have and not take from other people the things they have that you do not have …” — Jamaica Kincaid, “My Garden [Book],” 1999...

Moss rose or plain moss for rock wall?

“In the Park Seed catalog, I saw some beautiful portulaca. When I think of this little spready plant with short, yet succulent leaves and rose-like flowers, I t...

Evergreens rise, sometimes fall

“Evergreens don’t mix well with hardwoods, handsome though they are in avenues or in solitary splendor. Neither should they be spotted at hazard on a lawn. They...

How is your garden changing the world?

“By transporting Asian species to North America, and North American species to Australia, and Australian species to Africa and European species to Antarctica, w...

Soil mysteriously reveals stones, oddities

“[In July], the gardener finds that he ought again to loosen the baked and compact soil in the beds ... , and invariably he throws out of the ground an incredib...

Bountiful Blooms

An annual celebration of lavender may be winding down, but the lavender, itself, has other ideas. Unseasonably cold spring weather, say local lavender farmers, ...

Beachcombing begets rock-garden inspiration

“I advise you sincerely that if you have in your garden a bit of a slope or a small terrace, make a rock garden there.” — Karel Capek, “The Gardener’s Year,” 19...

Seize the moment: Graft a rose

“In July, according to the immutable law of gardeners, roses are grafted.” — Karel Čapek, “The Gardener’s Year,” 1931 Until I read this line in Czech author Ka...

Calycanthus shrubs make heady impression

“As punctual as an employee, I would leave home in the eight-thirty cold, almost always on my bicycle but sometimes on foot; after twenty minutes at most, I wou...

‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis’

“The garden, or to be more precise, the vast park that surrounded the Finzi-Contini house before the war, and spread out almost 25 acres to the foot of the Mura...

Clematis: Floral beauties of the garden

“Concealed were all thy beauties rare ’Neath the dark umbrageous shade, But still to gain the loftiest spray, Thy weak stem its efforts made; Now, every obstacl...