Fresh Cut Flowers Almost Obsolete as Gardeners Opt to Grow Vegetables

Fresh Cut Flowers Almost Obsolete as Gardeners Opt to Grow Vegetables

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is an endangered species, according to one of the nation’s leading experts, as gardeners throughout America devote almost all their energies growing vegetables instead of tulips, roses and a plethora of other flowers that formerly comprised a garden. “Most urban agriculture projects consist mostly of vegetables and herbs with a...
Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Sustainable Cities, a panel discussion about the multifunctionality of urban farms as hubs of production, social interaction, education and diversity, is just one of many exciting events to look forward to at this year’s Urban Agriculture Conference from May 15 – 17. Rose Brook had the pleasure to meet and interview panelist Marie Dehaene. Born...
Late Winter Pruning

Late Winter Pruning

The goals of pruning are usually to control the size of a shrub, to remove dead or damaged wood, to clear out dense, choking growth and to maintain the shrub in a pleasing shape. How you prune will depend on why that particular plant needs attention.   Selective pruning: If your goal is to control...
Top Plants for Terrariums

Top Plants for Terrariums

  Terrariums came of age with the Victorians and are enjoying a new found resurgence, fueled in part by their affordability and the continued interest in all things gardening. “You can do it on a budget, do it with kids, do it with seniors.” says Tovah Martin, author of The New Terrarium. Here are some...
DIY Bitters

DIY Bitters

  Use your garden as inspiration to create this aromatic cocktail essential Of all the things that have come out of our revitalized passion for classic cocktails, a renewed love for bitters is by far the most intriguing. An explosion of bitters has hit the market in the past few years, including classics Angostura and...
Best Plants for Rooftop Gardening

Best Plants for Rooftop Gardening

Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwood Hardy to Zone 5 Kousa dogwood  stays small for a tree, with some varieties maxing out at just about 30 feet, making it an excellent foundation planting for a rooftop garden. In spring, the tree has small but beautiful white flowers and pink bracts, which transition to deep green summertime foliage....
Last of his Species

Last of his Species

Lonesome George shuffles off   Lonesome George at his home on Santa Cruz Island. Photo: Reuters Lonesome George, estimated to be more than 100 years old, has died, leaving the world one species poorer. The only remaining Pinta Island tortoise died on Sunday, the Galapagos National Park Service said. The cause of death remains unclear...
Garden Great

Garden Great

Frank Cabot an inspiration for a generation… Image courtesy of Stonecrop Garden In November, Frank Cabot, founder of the Garden Conservancy, which is devoted to garden preservation, passed away at age 86. Even before he died, the garden community could not say enough good things about him. Below, a few words said in recent years...
Happy Birthday Olmsted!

Happy Birthday Olmsted!

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks Frederick Law Olmsted Name one landscape architect. Any one will do. No, I’m not talking about the guy who does your landscaping — I’m looking for genuine, bona fide landscape architects, the ones who analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture natural and built environments. What was that? “Frederick...