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Behnke’s closure is a reminder of the tight rope that many garden centers face
The same forces the company faced are at play in independent nursery shops everywhere.
 
A new rubber source could save water, preserve rain forests and even prevent allergic reactions
(The Washington Post, June 12, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
This unusual garden style could be a sustainable solution for urban landscapes
(The Washington Post, June 5, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
An added virtue of habitat gardens: They’re pleasing to humans, too
(The Washington Post, May 29, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
For the gardener, May is a circus. I’m learning to slow down and enjoy the show.
(The Washington Post, May 21, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
These Asian veggies might be better for our volatile growing season than European staples
(The Washington Post, May 15, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez planted a community garden plot. It’s good for the earth — and her.
(The Washington Post, May 1, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
What herb lovers should know about planting lavender, thyme, basil and more
(The Washington Post, April 17, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
The garden evolves over time, but so does the gardener. Margaret Roach should know.
(The Washington Post, April 10, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
Yoshinos aren’t the only cherry out there. It’s worth knowing, and growing, these others.
(The Washington Post, April 2, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
These faux-stone pots make for the perfect spring project
(The Washington Post, March 27, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
If you want happy houseplants, you need to know how to re-pot them
(The Washington Post, March 20, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
Of course this gardener is ‘getting ready for spring.’ He never stopped.
(The Washington Post, March 13, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
How to shift your gardening perspective to adapt to a changing climate
(The Washington Post, February 27, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
The odd tale of Britain’s wall — a hedge — across a swath of India
(The Washington Post, February 13, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
The mysterious appeal of the dainty snowdrop
(The Washington Post, February 6, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
An app can help introduce newbies to the garden. But the real rewards are in the dirt.
(The Washington Post, January 30, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
The ground is cold, but the seed market is open for business
(The Washington Post, January 23, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
Mild weather brings unusual activity to the January garden, both distressing and delightful
(The Washington Post, January 16, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
Moss is no weed. It’s a brilliant addition to the garden.
(The Washington Post, January 9, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
Longing for the snow-white birch tree of our northern neighbors
(The Washington Post, January 2, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
If 2018’s rains wrecked your garden, it might be time to try something new
(The Washington Post, December 19, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Boxwood wreaths are lovely but may carry a deadly disease
(The Washington Post, December 12, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
A passionate gardener who cut his roots and wanders the world
(The Washington Post, December 4, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
A $1 million donor’s request to Brookside Gardens: Build a greenhouse before I die
(The Washington Post, November 21, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
How poppies, strong and fragile, became a symbol of WWI devastation
(The Washington Post, November 11, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
Why every garden should have a potted tree (and how to grow them)
(The Washington Post, November 7, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
A visit with the garlic guru yields advice for harvesting homegrown bulbs
(The Washington Post, October 24, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
The banana plant went gangbusters. Now what?
(The Washington Post, October 17, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
The showy dahlia stages a comeback, but for these enthusiasts it never went away
(The Washington Post, October 9, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
The growing season may be almost over, but the gardener’s work is not done
(The Washington Post, October 3, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Looking back at a hot, soggy mess of a growing season
(The Washington Post, September 26, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
This low-maintenance garden shows you don’t need flowers to shine
(The Washington Post, September 18, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
The ubiquitous Knock Out rose takes a hit as a tiny mite punches above its weight
(The Washington Post, September 11, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
5 toxic plants you should know — and avoid
(The Washington Post, August 29, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Sunflowers: The garden’s late-summer stars
(The Washington Post, August 21, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
D.C. summers can be a slog. The gardener’s antidote? A little fall planning.
(The Washington Post, August 14, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
The best gardens aren’t static. Case in point: Chanticleer.
(The Washington Post, August 7, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
An artist captures the ‘ghost voices’ of abandoned houses
(The Washington Post, August 1, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
3 ways to create a honeybee haven at home
(The Washington Post, July 18, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Reviving monastery’s city farm, started a century before urban agriculture was cool
(The Washington Post, July 11, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
Many rain gardens fall flat. This one shows how it’s done.
(The Washington Post, July 5, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Cycles of flood and drought are becoming the norm. How should a gardener respond?
(The Washington Post, June 27, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
How an uninvited pest doomed the ash tree
(The Washington Post, June 19, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
Why every garden deserves a rambling rose
(The Washington Post, June 13, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
After the deluge, a mushroom hunt in the urban forest
(The Washington Post, June 5, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
A historian gets gardening inspiration from his subjects: U.S. presidents
(The Washington Post, May 29, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
A garden movement loses a leader
(The Washington Post, May 23, 2018; 7:00 AM)
 
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)