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Forget the perfect trophy garden. Today’s finest landscapes are positively wild.
Claire Takacs’s images showcase 69 personal Edens across four continents.
Inspired by the Obama portrait’s ‘living wall’? Not so fast.
(The Washington Post, March 6, 2018; 12:00 PM)
Chase away the winter blues with these lovely early-blooming trees and shrubs
(The Washington Post, February 28, 2018; 12:00 PM)
The moth orchid, while lovely, has overshadowed other, less common varieties
(The Washington Post, February 20, 2018; 12:00 PM)
Granny’s flowers these are not: Two perennials that deserve a revival
(The Washington Post, February 14, 2018; 7:00 AM)
Sometimes a garden’s color scheme is best left to the plants
(The Washington Post, February 7, 2018; 12:00 PM)
Shifting toward a greater understanding of bugs – the good and the bad
(The Washington Post, January 31, 2018; 7:00 AM)
There are hundreds of recorded types of some fruits. You wouldn’t know it from stores.
(The Washington Post, January 23, 2018; 4:33 PM)
Landscapers say guest worker limits are keeping them from sharing in economic growth
(The Washington Post, January 17, 2018; 12:00 PM)
Considering trimming or getting rid of an old tree? Not so fast.
(The Washington Post, January 10, 2018; 12:00 PM)
Looking for a star for your winter garden? Try winterberry holly.
(The Washington Post, January 2, 2018; 12:00 PM)
Preparing trees to go from green pastures to the concrete jungle
(The Washington Post, December 19, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The magic of wreathmaking circles
(The Washington Post, December 13, 2017; 9:00 AM)
Reinventing the poinsettia: A classic Christmas flower’s colorful new looks
(The Washington Post, December 6, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Revered, then reviled: Tracking the rise and fall of ivy
(The Washington Post, November 29, 2017; 12:00 PM)
Five decades after arriving in Georgetown, Gordon Riggle is still shaping its gardens
(The Washington Post, November 22, 2017; 9:00 AM)
The humble bean: Good for soups, great for the apocalypse
(The Washington Post, November 15, 2017; 9:00 AM)
The 15 best trees and shrubs for fall foliage
(The Washington Post, November 8, 2017; 12:00 PM)
A cubicle is an awful place for a plant. Here’s how to keep one alive.
(The Washington Post, November 2, 2017; 7:00 AM)
An ecologist speaks for the silent giants: Old-growth trees
(The Washington Post, October 24, 2017; 7:00 AM)
During the ‘fifth season,’ plants take on a strange beauty in decline
(The Washington Post, October 18, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Earth has entered a new era, new Smithsonian book says. That is not a good thing.
(The Washington Post, October 3, 2017; 7:00 AM)
There are yards and then there are gardens. This is the difference.
(The Washington Post, September 27, 2017; 7:00 AM)
How did this botanical garden grow? With the unlikely arrival of a rock-star designer.
(The Washington Post, September 20, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Americans love mulch — and many of us are misusing it
(The Washington Post, September 13, 2017; 7:00 AM)
This valuable plant looks like ragweed, but allergy sufferers can breathe easy
(The Washington Post, September 7, 2017; 7:00 AM)
How America’s frenzy for Japanese plants brought beauties — and a mega-weed
(The Washington Post, August 29, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Humans have been using their waste as fertilizer for centuries. Now it might be marketable.
(The Washington Post, August 23, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Everyone’s freaking out about the eclipse. But gardeners know the sun’s true wonder.
(The Washington Post, August 16, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The zoo beneath our feet: We’re only beginning to understand soil’s hidden world
(The Washington Post, August 9, 2017; 7:00 AM)
How a small family nursery thrives in the big-box world
(The Washington Post, August 2, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Blueberries are good for you. Don’t be afraid to grow them.
(The Washington Post, July 26, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Are our gardens the monarch butterfly sanctuaries we think they are?
(The Washington Post, July 19, 2017; 7:00 AM)
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)