Category: Garden and Landscaping

Pachysandra in Peril

Many people have a love/hate relationship with their pachysandra. They love that it is a durable, reliable ground cover that performs well in sun or shade. It requires almost zero care or even attention and provides an island of dark green that contrasts nicely with other elements of the landscape. When planted, it spreads easily…
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The Trial of the Killer Tomatoes

You say tomato and I say tomahto… But 200 years ago you might have said poison! When the Spanish introduced the tomato to Europe in the 1500s, the plant was greeted with skepticism and fear. The harmless tomato resembles (and is a distant relative of) the belladonna or deadly nightshade plant. For many years Europeans associated…
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“The Revenge of the Acorn”: Lyme Disease Explosion

It is shaping up to be a very bad year for ticks in Redding, Connecticut. The risk of Lyme Disease is higher than ever and the CDC is reporting that a higher percentage of ticks are carrying the Borrelia bacteria spirochetes which cause the disease.  This comes as a surprise to many who thought the…
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Augusta National…The Gardener’s Dream

It is perhaps the most beautiful sports venue in the world. Augusta National, home of The Masters, brings the term “landscaping” to an entirely different level. Rolling hills of the greenest green grass, broken up by stands of long-needle pines and luscious southern magnolias. All of this, punctuated by mounds of brilliant azaleas and rhododendrons,…
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Best Spring Cleaning Garden Tip: DORMANT OIL

We don’t usually think of our plants needing a good spring cleaning, but landscape trees and shrubs need more than the occasional April shower. Over the previous year, millions of insects have visited our landscaping, many making it their home and laying eggs for the next year. And while insects are an important part of…
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Philadelphia Flower Show

  Nothing gets me ready for Spring like a visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Touted as “the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show,” this annual show not only inspires, it takes your breath away. And after this past winter, I was in desperate need of a little inspiration. Produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural…
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