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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)
With re-creation of 1500s garden, a reminder of when herb knowledge was a survival tool
(The Washington Post, June 1, 2016; 8:00 AM)
If any place can get young minds to unplug, it’s a college sitting on an arboretum
(The Washington Post, May 25, 2016; 8:00 AM)
This gardener has the secret to tomatoes in May. (Hint: It’s not a greenhouse.)
(The Washington Post, May 18, 2016; 8:00 AM)
A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators. Know how to protect them.
(The Washington Post, May 11, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Salvias add vitality to your garden when it needs it the most
(The Washington Post, May 4, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Preserving a fleeting art form: The garden
(The Washington Post, April 27, 2016; 8:00 AM)
One of a gardener’s greatest joys: The return of birds during nesting season
(The Washington Post, April 20, 2016; 12:00 PM)
Everything you need to know to assemble and care for a succulent garden
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2016; 12:00 PM)
Get to know the different succulent varieties
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2016; 12:00 PM)
The exuberance of spring takes its toll on the gardener’s wallet
(The Washington Post, April 7, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Wholesale nurseries have their own Black Friday: It’s called April.
(The Washington Post, March 30, 2016; 8:00 AM)
A garden the ‘Downton Abbey’ crowd would drool over
(The Washington Post, March 23, 2016; 8:00 AM)
5 secrets of successful gardeners
(The Washington Post, March 16, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Spring is nearly here. Have you finished your winter chores?
(The Washington Post, March 9, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Invasive mosquito that calls the U.S. home is a known Zika carrier
(The Washington Post, February 19, 2016; 1:37 PM)
There’s a lot more to winter trees than meets the eye
(The Washington Post, February 17, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Turn your yard from swampy to swanky with these moisture-loving plants
(The Washington Post, February 2, 2016; 8:00 AM)
From the horticultural greats, garden guidance for all of us
(The Washington Post, January 27, 2016; 8:00 AM)
The garden is a sanctuary — for plants, animals, Mother Earth and you
(The Washington Post, January 20, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Retailers are jumping the gun by stocking seeds. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy some now.
(The Washington Post, January 13, 2016; 8:00 AM)
An introduction to the 4,000 kinds of bees in the U.S. and Canada
(The Washington Post, January 6, 2016; 7:00 AM)
An ill-kept Christmas tree can kill. Here’s how to prevent a holiday disaster. 
(The Washington Post, December 22, 2015; 11:13 AM)
A trendy Tannenbaum: German ambassador’s residence blends Old World traditions with modern digs
(The Washington Post, December 16, 2015; 8:00 AM)
What this mild autumn means for your plants
(The Washington Post, December 8, 2015; 3:55 PM)
Why manicured lawns should become a thing of the past
(The Washington Post, December 2, 2015; 12:00 PM)
The future garden is inspired by the way vegetation grows in nature
(The Washington Post, December 2, 2015; 12:00 PM)
Fall-blooming camellias bring down the curtain on the growing season
(The Washington Post, November 18, 2015; 8:00 AM)
The real forest that inspired the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh
(The Washington Post, November 11, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Reclaim space in a smaller garden with trellis pumpkins
(The Washington Post, November 4, 2015; 7:00 AM)
Arresting black-and-white photos expose the beauty of ordinary vegetables
(The Washington Post, October 28, 2015; 8:00 AM)
The hidden world of exhibition chrysanthemums
(The Washington Post, October 21, 2015; 12:00 PM)
The autumn allure of the greenhouse
(The Washington Post, October 14, 2015; 8:00 AM)