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Visiting a Local Private Garden

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a private garden on three acres, south of Boston. The major plant in the garden is the hosta. You might call the owners in fact hosta collectors. Three hundred hosta cultivars add…

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Spring Means Garden Catalog Time

It's that time of year again. Garden catalogs arrive in the mail on a regular basis. Even historian Jill Lepore has a new article in The New Yorker called "What We Learn from Leafing through Seed Catalogues." She presents her…

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A Victorian Christmas Tree

It's that time of year again. Time to welcome the Holidays. I hope the Holidays provide you a sense of an all-embracing tradition of understanding and love. May the Holiday tree inspire you to see the best in each and…

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Hybridyzing Created High Expectations

Hybridizing became popular in the nineteenth century, especially when growers sought new plants for the garden. There was a side effect however. Horticulturist Lawrence Griffith in his book Flowers and Herbs of Early America makes the point that because of…

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