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Are our gardens the monarch butterfly sanctuaries we think they are?
An ecologist at Cornell doubts the practical value of the milkweed trend. But there are other reasons to keep planting it, he says.
 
Sick of buying mulch for the garden? The pros have a different idea.
(The Washington Post, July 12, 2017; 12:00 PM)
 
Why New York’s High Line is the perfect source of gardening inspiration
(The Washington Post, July 6, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
A gardener went to Japan to polish her pruning skills. She found tough love.
(The Washington Post, June 28, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
National Arboretum revives an innovative garden that ran out of steam
(The Washington Post, June 21, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Why the shade garden is so underrated — and how to create your own
(The Washington Post, June 14, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
I long rejected the hydrangea as dull. But I’ve turned over a new leaf.
(The Washington Post, June 7, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Down the garden path: A new show tracks America’s love affair with plants
(The Washington Post, May 31, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Can retail therapy soothe a gardener unsettled by the crazy spring?
(The Washington Post, May 24, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Is this popular gardening material bad for the planet?
(The Washington Post, May 11, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
The key to a family farming renaissance? Niche crops.
(The Washington Post, May 3, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Inn at Little Washington offers peek at its carefully concocted grounds
(The Washington Post, April 26, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
How gardeners can combat climate change
(The Washington Post, April 20, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
The Dutch ambassador’s tulip party: A 400-year-old passion still burns
(The Washington Post, April 12, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
The dogwood tree — the living symbol of the American spring — makes a comeback
(The Washington Post, April 5, 2017; 10:00 AM)
 
Beyond birds and butterflies, this garden welcomes all critters — even raccoons
(The Washington Post, March 29, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Why I want my politicians to spend some time in a garden
(The Washington Post, March 21, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Amid the beautiful, strange treasures of the U.S. Botanic Garden, a young painter blossoms
(The Washington Post, March 8, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Dead plants’ evolutionary secrets might save the planet, or at least take its pulse
(The Washington Post, March 1, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
The right way to care for one of nature’s most neglected creatures: The houseplant
(The Washington Post, February 22, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
George Washington would recognize today’s Mount Vernon garden, but not the weather
(The Washington Post, February 15, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Spring will be here soon. Enjoy the last days of winter stillness in the garden.
(The Washington Post, February 8, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Grab those pruners — there’s seasonal work to be done in the garden
(The Washington Post, February 1, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Owls are natural-born killers. So why do we adore them so much?
(The Washington Post, January 24, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Three head-turning perennials Washington gardeners should try this year
(The Washington Post, January 18, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
What the ancient Greeks can teach us about herbs
(The Washington Post, January 10, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
A hotter, more volatile 2016 leaves this gardener rethinking tomato timing
(The Washington Post, January 3, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle’s famed ‘doomsday’ seed vault
(The Washington Post, December 20, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
An easy, elegant and strangely addictive holiday project: DIY boxwood wreaths
(The Washington Post, December 9, 2016; 12:00 PM)
 
As school gardens spread, so do the teaching moments
(The Washington Post, December 7, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
If the garden is due for a rock revival, gravel would be the way to go
(The Washington Post, November 22, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Gardeners: November is a vital time for a successful spring bloom
(The Washington Post, November 15, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
We know you love your leaf blower, but it’s ruining the neighborhood
(The Washington Post, November 1, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Why the Japanese maple is a must-have for any foliage-loving gardener
(The Washington Post, October 26, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Does your garden need a fall cleanup? Not so fast.
(The Washington Post, October 12, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
An arborist muses on a 35-year career high in the branches
(The Washington Post, October 5, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
In this garden, fall is a time to flourish, not fade
(The Washington Post, September 28, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Once barely surviving, the grass on the Mall gets a serious makeover
(The Washington Post, September 20, 2016; 9:00 AM)
 
In Washington, the joy of fall gardening is a reward for suffering through summer
(The Washington Post, September 14, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
The curtain falls on Ireland’s most famous private garden
(The Washington Post, September 7, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
There’s nothing phony about false indigo
(The Washington Post, August 30, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
The underrated beauty of moths
(The Washington Post, August 23, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Meadows-in-a-can are a myth. Real ones take a lot of planning and patience.
(The Washington Post, August 16, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
A shrub to brighten the dog days of summer
(The Washington Post, August 3, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Rekindling a gardener’s passion for daylilies
(The Washington Post, July 26, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Birds, chipmunks, snakes, insects: At some point, the gardener feels like an intruder
(The Washington Post, July 20, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
This distinctive tree is vastly underappreciated — and it’s dying out
(The Washington Post, July 13, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Humans love fireflies, but we haven’t made life easy for them
(The Washington Post, July 6, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Bee enthusiasts of all stripes flock to Washington amid pollinator concerns
(The Washington Post, June 29, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Leave it to a botanical garden to find beauty in a parking lot
(The Washington Post, June 15, 2016; 7:00 AM)