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Nature got the dragonfly’s primitive design right – and even astronomers are taking note
The 300 million-year-old insect, beautiful and abundant, has lessons for us today.
The 10 best perennials you’ve never heard of
(The Washington Post, August 18, 2015; 8:00 AM)
A bonnie glimpse of the exotic
(The Washington Post, August 5, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Lights, camera, asters: ‘Ask This Old House’ delivers an instant pollinator garden
(The Washington Post, July 29, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Taking the long view in the garden
(The Washington Post, July 21, 2015; 3:44 PM)
D.C.’s biblical rains drowned my tomatoes. Can they be resurrected?
(The Washington Post, July 10, 2015; 12:00 PM)
Fronds with benefits: A guide to ferns
(The Washington Post, July 8, 2015; 12:00 PM)
Adrian Higgins’s 5 favorite ferns
(The Washington Post, July 8, 2015; 12:00 PM)
Reviving the flagging garden
(The Washington Post, June 17, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Boxwood gets a makeover
(The Washington Post, June 10, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Lingering leaves of a chilly spring
(The Washington Post, June 3, 2015; 8:00 AM)
A gardener’s guide to saving the monarch
(The Washington Post, May 27, 2015; 8:00 AM)
At the Mount Cuba Center, native plants flourish in their natural setting
(The Washington Post, May 13, 2015; 11:00 AM)
What you can learn from a walk through the woods
(The Washington Post, May 6, 2015; 10:30 AM)
The serenity of a shade garden
(The Washington Post, April 29, 2015; 11:00 AM)
The mad science behind vegetable grafting
(The Washington Post, April 22, 2015; 8:00 AM)
How to graft tomatoes
(The Washington Post, April 22, 2015; 8:00 AM)
A reason to be thankful for a late spring? A rush of daffodils around D.C.
(The Washington Post, April 15, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Is having a fish pond worth the effort? Yes.
(The Washington Post, April 8, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Kick-start your spring garden
(The Washington Post, April 1, 2015; 8:00 AM)
A special reunion at the National Arboretum
(The Washington Post, March 22, 2015; 9:00 AM)
How to avoid hacking at your crape myrtle this spring
(The Washington Post, March 18, 2015; 8:00 AM)
How to choose the right crape myrtle
(The Washington Post, March 18, 2015; 8:00 AM)
How the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange nurtures old varieties, new gardeners
(The Washington Post, February 24, 2015; 3:54 PM)
If you’re a restless gardener, there is plenty to do in February
(The Washington Post, February 18, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Why your garden needs fertilizer — or not
(The Washington Post, February 11, 2015; 8:00 AM)
There are 30,000 species of orchids. See some of the most unusual varieties in D.C.
(The Washington Post, February 4, 2015; 8:00 AM)
For the seed-loving gardener, spring starts now
(The Washington Post, January 28, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Heuchera is a popular perennial for shade, but which variety is best?
(The Washington Post, January 21, 2015; 12:00 PM)
This winter, focus on the growing season ahead
(The Washington Post, January 13, 2015; 1:00 PM)
A wonderful way to leave your mark on the planet: Plant an oak tree
(The Washington Post, January 6, 2015; 10:00 AM)
A primer on seed saving
(The Washington Post, December 30, 2014; 7:00 AM)
The slow rebirth of Dumbarton Oaks Park
(The Washington Post, December 17, 2014; 1:00 PM)
Why we need horticulturists
(The Washington Post, December 10, 2014; 7:00 AM)
Caring for your Christmas tree
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2014; 11:30 AM)
What you need to know to care for holiday greenery
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2014; 11:30 AM)
The poinsettia, reinvented and still going strong
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2014; 10:45 AM)
A new compendium of garden elements
(The Washington Post, November 25, 2014; 12:00 PM)
Dull fall may sharpen our tree planting skills
(The Washington Post, November 12, 2014; 12:00 PM)
Fall gardening: Extending the growing season
(The Washington Post, November 5, 2014; 5:00 AM)
National Arboretum’s “Grass Roots”: A brighter future for the lawn
(The Washington Post, October 29, 2014; 2:33 PM)
How to compost, and why it’s a good idea
(The Washington Post, October 15, 2014; 11:00 AM)
Comparing composting bins
(The Washington Post, October 15, 2014; 10:36 AM)
The autumnal annual named dahlia
(The Washington Post, October 1, 2014; 2:27 PM)
Monticello’s ode to autumn
(The Washington Post, September 24, 2014; 12:44 PM)
Protecting fragile bird species, one garden at a time
(The Washington Post, September 17, 2014; 1:31 PM)
The beauty of the dry garden
(The Washington Post, September 10, 2014; 1:58 PM)
Gardening lessons learned from the farm
(The Washington Post, August 20, 2014; 1:56 PM)
Where have all the butterflies gone?
(The Washington Post, August 6, 2014; 12:32 PM)
The U.S. National Arboretum is breathing new life into an old plant
(The Washington Post, July 30, 2014; 1:25 PM)