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New Test Garden: Hydrangeas

photo: Star Roses & Plants Hydrangea macrophylla 'L.A. Dreamin' (Star Roses & Plants) A new North American Hydrangea Test Garden has recently opened at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA. Heritage President & CEO Ellen Spear s...
by Garden Design Online on Jul 21, 2016

My Botanical Solstice

Normally, I treat the summer solstice as an ultra-relaxing holiday, getting up extra early to watch the sun rise and then spending as much of the day as possible outdoors – often sitting in the garden reading a novel while I soak up the glorious Ma...
by Jean's Garden on Jun 24, 2016

Books: Great Gardens, Great Stories, Great Illustrations

Keep this book by your bedside or tuck it into your luggage enroute to your next vacation ... it's the perfect little volume for garden lovers. In her latest book, Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening (B...
by Garden Design Online on May 1, 2016

Houston Garden Guide

Photo: TCLF Don't miss another great garden guide (online) from The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). The What's Out There Houston Guide has info -- and photos -- on parks, gardens, landscapes, and open spaces you'll not want to miss. Plus, there...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 27, 2016

Favorite Garden Books – Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden

Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) is a collaboration of sorts between Vita Sackville-West, the creator of one of the world’s most-loved gardens, and Sarah Raven. The collaboration is a very...
by Jean's Garden on Jan 28, 2016

MLK Rose

photo © Weeks Roses Close enough. Coretta Scott King Rose (Rosa 'WEKstohoco') This rose was named in 2013 after the wife of Martin Luther King. It's a tall, upright and bushy grandiflora with blooms of a coral-orange hue. It has a spicy tea fragranc...
by Garden Design Online on Jan 17, 2016

Gardens to Visit: Phipps -- the "Greenest" in the US

photos: click to enlarge Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Pittsburgh, PA I'd never visited Phipps until last June, and it was a revelation. Pictured here is the 120+ year-old glasshouse, but who would guess that the new visitor center belo...
by Garden Design Online on Aug 23, 2015

Happenings May 2015

Selected Events Around the Country: May 2, All About Containers Saturday, Bronx, NY 10AM-5PM, Three separate, different sessions, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Repeated May 16 at NYBG Midtown Center May 2-3 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour, CA...
by Garden Design Online on Apr 28, 2015

New Gardens at The Huntington

photos: The Huntington - click to enlarge The Huntington's new education and visitor center opens to the public on April 4th, including six and a half acres of new gardens. The landscape, designed by Cheryl Barton, FASLA, of San Francisco, features a...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 24, 2015

Great European Garden Tours - Summer 2015

Join landscape architect Robert McDuffie, associate professor in the Dept of Horticulture at Virginia Tech for a couple of fabulous garden tours this coming summer. Gardens of the Riviera is a two-week trip to gardens in Spain, France, and Italy (May...
by Garden Design Online on Jan 15, 2015

Happenings October 2014

Thru December 7, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Bronx, NY Exhibition on natural history display, Wave Hill, 718-549-3200 Oct 2-26 Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, Exhibition, Lectures, Demos, Poetry, Bonsai & Mo...
by Garden Design Online on Sep 28, 2014

High Line Completed

photo Kathleen Fitzgerald The final section of the High Line in New York City is now open, extending the elevated park from West 30th to West 34th St, with a big swing west toward the Hudson River around the old rail yards. In this section of the par...
by Garden Design Online on Sep 21, 2014

Books: A Garden Destroyed & Remade and US Garden Guide

You probably know Sir Roy Strong best as the former director of Britain's National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, a writer, a historian, and a broadcaster. But he's also a landscape designer and gardener. His own garden, the Las...
by Garden Design Online on Sep 18, 2014

Private Garden - Public Treat

It's not exactly easy to see this garden .. it's a private garden that's open to the public only one day a week in late July, August, and early September. The number of visitors is also restricted, so you must make reservations early. I was lucky eno...
by Garden Design Online on Sep 14, 2014

Design: What Would You Do?

NGS - East Molesey Opening my weekend Financial Times, I was reminded by garden columnist Robin Lane Fox that garden tours are a must for designers. According to him, it's "the single best training" for discerning gardeners and designers. The biggest...
by Garden Design Online on May 4, 2014

New Monks Garden at the Gardner

photo: Alex S. MacLean - click to enlarge The new Monks Garden designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh is now open at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Van Valkenburgh said he doesn't think he's "ever had more fun making...
by Garden Design Online on Sep 22, 2013

Gardens to Visit: A Maine "Must"

If you've never been to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, you need to visit. It is, simply, one of the finest you'll ever see -- there's a new delight in every corner you turn and every turn you make to take in a different view. Above...
by Garden Design Online on Jul 7, 2013

New BBG Native Plant Garden

photo: © Albert Vecerka/ESTO - BBG Native Flora Garden Expansion Opens June 12 It's been called an experiment in habitat re-creation that will unfold over time: the new, one-acre addition to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 100-year old Native Flora Ga...
by Garden Design Online on Jun 9, 2013

Plants: A Great Sight in Bloom

click to enlarge images You may wonder why you should plant a smoke tree (Cotinus spp). I'm not sure exactly which one this is -- it's next to the parking area at the Gotelli Collection in the US National Arboretum in DC -- but I've always wanted to...
by Garden Design Online on Jun 7, 2013

Art of Indoor Landscape Design

click to enlarge images I was in DC last week and we couldn't resist a trip to the National Portrait Gallery -- our first since it reopened. The main reason to go there, of course, is to see the fab portraits and other art -- but the new Atrium --...
by Garden Design Online on Jun 5, 2013


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