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TED calls Stephen Ritz  a “whirlwind of energy and ideas” and boy, IS he.  My notes on his TED talk include: “Poorest congressional district in the U.S.” “First indoor edible …

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A 2011 highlight: our garden blogger visit to Seattle’s Dragonfly Farms Nursery. Here’s my wish list for the New Year. Some of this is reasonable; some of it isn’t. And …

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While I do enjoy visiting the warm glasshouses of our splendid botanical garden during the winter, the experience can pall. Though it’s lovely to view orchids, bromeliads, succulents, towering palms, …

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Jardins du Mont des Arts. Brussels, Belgium.Shutterstock Photo After a few swipes on Aunt Polly’s plank fence, Tom Sawyer  tired of painting whitewash. So it doesn’t surprise me that there’s …

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Tom Stovall, the resident photographer at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia, is donating his images to my campaign promoting DC-area public gardens.  His photos of nature, especially of wildlife, are …

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As promised in my first post about this book, here are more photos from the book, just a few of my favorites. Above, the tiny urban back yard of DC …

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Beauty and the Beast: Michelle Beuerlein and the common hackberry in Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Today’s Guest Rant by Scott Beuerlein shines a bright light on a …

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Hellstrip gardening is getting its due these days, thanks to Evelyn Hadden’s terrific new book on the subject, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s coining of the term in the first place.  …

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Coconut palms are the quintessential symbol of tropical paradise. Spindly, tall trees with large feathery leaves wisp in tropical breezes on tropical beaches of white sand, under blue sky and …

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Almost two years ago we posted the news that the National Wildlife Federation was seeking input about possibly partnering up with various corporations, including such known wildlife-huggers as Ortho, Scotts …

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