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American Plants Grown in English Gardens

Since the seventeenth century, American plants have formed part of the English garden. American gardeners however preferred exotic plants, rather than native varieties, well into the end of the nineteenth century. Philadelphia nurseryman Thomas Meehan in his magazine Gardener's Monthly of…

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Field of Sunflowers

Our native sunflower is one of my favorite flowers. It comprises the genus Helianthus, which contains about 60 species, including our popular H. Annuus that belong to the family Compositae. When I heard about a local field of sunflowers I…

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Monarch Butterfly in Danger

In a recent letter to the editor in the Boston Globe Jeffrey Collins, director at Mass Audubon, outlines how we can save the endangered monarch butterfly. He recommends that we leave a section of the lawn go wild and plant…

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Resource for Native Plants

Everybody talks about the need to grow native plants in the garden. Even seed company owner James Vick (1818-1882) in the nineteenth century encouraged his customers, spread across the country, to grow native plants. He loved and encouraged gardeners to…

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