Gardening by Adrian Higgins: Latest Gardening Column and Archive

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Reinventing the poinsettia: A classic Christmas flower’s colorful new looks
Red and green, meet white, soft pink, marble and more.
 
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)
 
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)