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Tower Hill's Winter Garden Debut - Free admission

Nov10th 20106 comments

Sunday, November 14th marks the debut of Tower Hill Botanic Garden's new Winter Garden and Limonaia with free admission. It was just three short months ago when I featured Tower Hill Botanic Garden as a New England destination. At that time there were big changes going on as construction crews implemented Phase IV of Tower Hill's master plan with the construction...

Evergreens that Survived the Blizzards of 2010

Nov8th 20101 comment

Last winter was the snowiest on record in the Mid-Atlantic region, with three blizzards hitting us in quick succession and accumulations reaching our waistlines - waistlines that, for us gardeners, were expanding from lack of gardening. And after it was all over, tree companies were booked for months taking out fallen and damaged trees, mainly evergreens, that just couldn't handle that much white stuff. But on my property? Not a single branch was broken, much less a whole tree, and I had to resist the urge to run around and kiss every one of these tough-as-nails plants in gratitude.


How the Charles River Conservancy Speed-Plants Daffodils

Nov7th 20103 comments

Guest Post by Logan Walsh for the Charles River Conservancy

You’re standing along the Charles River and before you are 1,000 daffodil bulbs. They are held in yellow mesh bags lying in plastic crates stacked four high. Behind, the morning sun glints off ripples and wavelets on the Charles River. A lone rower glides by in his sleek scull. It is 8:45 a.m. and in 15 minutes 30 volunteers are going to descend upon the Charles River Parklands. They’ll be eager to work for the next 4 hours – after all, these are...

Top five gardening questions

Nov4th 20106 comments

All gardeners answer gardening questions.  It is inevitable.  Just let someone have a peek at your perfect tomatoes or dinner plate-sized dahlias and the questions will come, regardless of your overall expertise.  Gardeners, by nature, love to share information.  Likewise, all gardeners have questions, even those of us who have pursued knowledge at colleges and universities and have made our living from that knowledge. There is new...

November in my Garden: The Strange Season

Nov3rd 20103 comments

Guest Post by Dominique Browning

This is always “the strange season” for gardeners, as I think of it. If I may speak for all my friends, we are, by late autumn, exhausted, weary of the dead heading and transplanting and fertilizing and tying up and cutting back and hauling off. But we are also reluctant to see our beloved blooms fade, and many of us are slow to call it quits for the year. I’m not ready to chop everything back for the winter, not ready to spread...

Organic Mulches for Fall

Nov1st 20101 comment
Organic Mulches for Fall

Are your beds and borders mulched and ready for winter? Mulches do a lot to moderate soil temperature, which means preventing freeze-thaw cycles that can cause plants to heave out of the ground and their roots to freeze. So apply now or soon, ideally when the soil is cooler but not yet frozen. That's just one of soooo many reasons to mulch and why low-maintenance, eco-savvy gardeners swear by the stuff.

More Reasons to Mulch
  • It suppress weeds
  • It retains soil moisture, conserving water.
  • It prevents erosion
  • It...
'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

My Turn - Planting a river of bulbs

Oct28th 20109 comments

Bulb planting is an act of faith. Faith that a small, round, dormant piece of plant tissue that's a modified stem, will, when planted, rest, relax and wait until the conditions of spring activate its urge to grow into a flowering plant. Really, a bulb is ingenious. The entire plant is contained within a bulb, a fact that's perhaps easier to accept than the notion that tiny seeds contain the necessary ingredients for full plants. It does take a bit more effort to actually plant a bulb than a seed since bulbs need to be planted at a depth proportional to their size. In the case of daffodils...

Bulb-Forcing: Everything you Ever Wanted to Know

Oct27th 20101 comment


What smells so good in here?" I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been asked that question during the late fall and winter months. It’s paperwhites, of course! From the moment you walk through the door, the heady aroma is enveloping. These bulbs can either be planted in soil or directly in water and are super easy to grow. If planting in water, use smaller river stone/gravel-size pebbles. Paperwhites can grow up to 3 feet and will need to anchor themselves. Be sure to have the water level touching just the bottom of the bulb - otherwise...