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ALTERNATIVE SHRUBS

The dilemma that faces us every planting season (and yes, Fall is a fantastic time to plant), when it comes to landscaping, is this. Do we venture to install some unique plants and run the risk [...]

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TREE TALK

It ‘s Saturday afternoon. You go out to get the mail and you hear it. Not the sound of the kids playing in the neighbor’s yard. Not the sound of the cardinals perched high in the oak tree. This [...]

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EAT YOUR YARD

I remember the look on the face of a guest I had in our garden the first time we toured around and I stopped and popped a nasturtium bloom in my mouth and proceeded to savor that treat.

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CONTAINED BEAUTY

Now that summer is in full swing, our thoughts turn to adding some color to our gardens. It can be a bit tricky though since in order to have healthy plants you first need healthy soil and that [...]

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TINY HORTICULTURE

When it comes to garden design, we all tend to think big at first. Literally. I have always told my students that the one element in garden design that had better outlive them is their choice of trees.

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GROW UP!

As you may know by now, I am an avid gardener and collector of plants (and garden kitsch). But having a small property here in Knoxville, TN, we eventually begin to run out of room for all the [...]

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SPRING CLEANING

I usually write these posts a bit in advance so who knows? It could be 75 or higher when you read this or we may have caught another early spring dump of the white stuff (I sort of hope it’s the [...]

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A GARDEN INVESTMENT

When I was teaching a Professional Practices class at The University of Tennessee in Sustainable Landscape Design, I would encourage my students to replace the word “spend” with “invest”.

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WINTER WATER

So, what does a black capped chickadee, a hedgehog, and a human have in common? (you’re overthinking this). Yes! We all need water to survive.

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THE SLEEPING GARDEN

As we prepared for this winter, we are careful to make sure that our homes are in order. The furnace air filter is checked, our fireplaces have been cleaned and inspected (hopefully), we’ve dug [...]