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Master florist and gardener offer sage advice

When it comes to growing your own, cut flowers are the latest backyard crop, their popularity fed in large part by flower arrangements on social media feeds. “Every home can be made more beautiful with flowers,” says master floral designer Ariella Chezar, whose most recent book, Seasonal Flower Arranging, will inspire any gardener to pursue… Read More

Creating an Alluring Indoor Garden

plants

As I write this another winter storm is brewing outside, yet I am surrounded by the aroma of the Amaryllis, Daffodils, and Hyacinth blooming on my desk. If you are lucky to have a south, east, or west exposure, you can grow all kinds of wonderful plants. Even shady northern exposures can be greened up… Read More

On a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

I am a gardener. Not the fancy kind. My gardens evolve much like my cooking, an unplanned painting on a canvas where I throw things together and sometimes it is delicious, yet often it needs more. Always more of something. More plants. More salt. More white. More fertilizer, more spice, more TLC. Always to be… Read More

Sharing plants with others – great community event

Wilton Garden Club

Every year since its founding in 1921, as the snow begins to thaw and the first signs of green begin to peek from the earth, members of the Wilton Garden Club spring into celebratory action and begin harvesting plants to share with the community at their annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. This springtime harvest tradition… Read More

“Chopped” champion brings organic gardening to schools

Heather Priest organic gardening

Inch by inch and row by row may be how a garden grows, but across the Wilton School District’s four main schools, their gardens are developing as fast as the students. “We’ve had growing interest in organic gardening across the schools,” says Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith, while discussing the benefits of the new gardens at… Read More

Soil My Undies – use this gardening trick

“Eeeww! Soil a pair of men’s underwear?” Some of Bedford’s Rusticus Garden Club members recoiled in disgust at the suggestion by Karen Simons, their co-chair of conservation. The “Soil My Undies” initiative to bury men’s underwear is one way for gardeners to see if their soil contains the beneficial micro-organisms that decompose organic material and… Read More

Defining Garden Spaces

Surveying your yard you realize your landscaping is looking a little sad. Don’t despair. You can blend the utility of an outdoor space and the beauty of a landscaped yard with some proper planning. Most spaces created by Jeff Kuffel, a landscape architect with Hoffman Landscapes, fall into one of two categories: areas designed… Read More

Therapy in the Dirt: Why gardening is a psychological upper

Feeling cooped up? Cabin feverish? Climbing the walls? You are so not alone. The days may be lengthening, but frigid weather still puts the kibosh on romping in the borders; average lows this time of year hover around 32 degrees, and it’s possible that a blizzard could dump a foot or more of the white… Read More

Bugged: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Don’t laugh, but I’m terrified of spiders, especially when I can see the whites of their eyes. True story: One morning years ago, while brushing my teeth, I saw an eight-legged creature—I swear it was the size of my head—moseying across the bottom of the bathtub. Screaming, I ran into the hall, slammed the door… Read More

Thugs: Invasive plants and how to stop them

Invasive plants

There was a time when I could look out and gaze adoringly at the perky purple flowers of ajuga, a spring-blooming ground cover, gaily romping across the lawn. Myrtle (aka vinca), another ground-covering charmer, would exude pale blue-purple blossoms—hence the nickname “periwinkle”—to my delight. But that was before I got wise to the wiles of… Read More

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