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A garden movement loses a leader
But gains Beth Chatto’s enduring legacy.
 
The delightful demands of the cutting garden
(The Washington Post, May 15, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Container gardening: The rules to know, and the rules to break
(The Washington Post, May 8, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
The vaunted garden at Dumbarton Oaks reopens after some major surgery
(The Washington Post, May 2, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
Why you should use compost, even if you don’t have a big garden
(The Washington Post, April 25, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
These miniature flowers are perfect for small spaces (and budgets)
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2018; 12:59 PM)
 
Author John Brookes was a rarity: A gardener who focused on design
(The Washington Post, April 3, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
Winter-battered plants may look dead — but don’t give up on them yet
(The Washington Post, March 28, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Forget the perfect trophy garden. Today’s finest landscapes are positively wild.
(The Washington Post, March 14, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
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)