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...
2012 Perennial Plant of the Year

2012 Perennial Plant of the Year

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Siberian bugloss The Perennial Plant Association has named Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ as the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year. The Perennial Plant of the Year program helps consumers select plants that perennial industry experts find to be outstanding and easily grown. Each year a perennial is selected that is suitable for a wide...
Herbs for Pets

Herbs for Pets

Try these natural pet remedies to keep your pet healthy and happy all year. Many of the most powerful healing herbs are easy to grow in almost every part of the country, and in the space of a small backyard you can grow nearly all of the herbs your pet needs to stay healthy. Here...
Audubon's 3rd Annual Photo Awards

Audubon’s 3rd Annual Photo Awards

One of my favorite magazines is Audubon. The January-February 2012 issue has ‘hit the stands’ and it includes the Annual Photography Awards. Audubon Magazine has again collaborated with Nature’s Best Photography to offer photographers the chance to submit photos in the professional, amateur, and youth divisions. This year’s judges were Kevin Fisher, Audubon’s design director;...