Archive for April, 2009

Lawn Love

Spectacular Japanese Fountain Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’), indeed, but it would be so much less without the Bent Grass (Agrostis stolonifera), an Asian native beloved in the Pacific Northwest and considered a weed in the Atlantic Northeast.  Photograph taken at Heronswood’s original test and display gardens in Kingston.   Get rid of your lawn?  Plant […]


Easter reminded me of another miracle—eggs.  Let me explain.  There may be no food more effective on a cost basis.  Here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a dozen eggs goes for about $3.00, or 25 cents each, and there are grocery stores everywhere you turn.  If you have two a day, you’re spending 50 cents.  Ground […]

Garden Money

I am going to compare the approximate costs of “family activities”, and therefore the potential savings, of a six-month home gardening warm season, and a routine of garden-event based experiences during the same period.  These costs are for a family of four. The idea is that if you don’t have an “active” garden, your family […]


I was surprised to learn recently that Sears Tower was being renamed.  What an obsession we Americans have for renaming buildings that have achieved historic and superlative status.  Does anyone think folks are going to call it anything other than Sears Tower? It started me wondering about our monuments and institutions.  Old churches and libraries […]

In ‘n’ Out, Back ‘n’ Forth

 New Plant Frontiers Parts 2 & 3 Here are the middle sections of my speech for today, April 3 and tomorrow, April 4 at 1:30 P.M.  Also, we have the hellebore expert and new plant explorer Simon Crawford speaking at 11:00 A.M. both days on the timely subject of the Lenten Rose.  Even if it’s […]

New Plant Frontiers

Here’s a preview of the first half of my speech to be given this Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, at 1:30 P.M.  Come hear the rest of it! Part 1, New American Sun Garden I’m going to talk today about the future of plant breeding from the unique perspective of someone who has […]