Going kiku for autumn. The chrysanthemum festival

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What’s autumn without the chrysanthemum? Little it seems these days. But beyond the generic and ubiquitous mum balls that appear on every corner and outside every front door is the superb artistry and aching perfection of trained chrysanthemums, the Japanese kiku...➤ Read More
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The wake of the corpse flower

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These days, it seems, a botanical garden isn’t a botanical garden unless it has its own flowering corpse, Amorphophallus titanium. Or one of any notoriety, at least. When Amorphophallus titanum, the so-called corpse flower…➤ Read More
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Alice Eastwood. Earthquakes and fuchsias

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What do the great earthquake of San Francisco and fuchsias have in common? Why Alice Eastwood, of course. In case you somehow don’t already know her, you should! Eastwood was the pioneering botanist who spent the whole of her long career at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco…➤ Read More
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The legendary Elgin Botanic Garden

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There are quite a number of public gardens and other worthwhile parks—big, small, and tiny even—in the greater New York area. Of course, not all of these gems are dedicated just to the fuchsia… but they're still thoroughly interesting for the visit…➤ Read More
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A thousand blooms. The art of the chrysanthemum

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If you’re like me and go crazy for kiku every fall, one of the best displays is at Longwood Gardens. Don’t dawdle. “The Miracle of a Thousand Blooms” is worth the visit alone...➤ Read More
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They're big. They're beautiful. They're elephant ears!

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Elephant ears, Colocasia esculenta, lives up to its name. It’s leaves are indeed big and floppy—positively brobdingnagian sometimes—and corms from some cultivars...➤ Read More
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The fuchsias of August

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I’m in love with the greenhouses at Longwood. Have I said that enough? Well, maybe. But let me say it again anyway! I’m in love with the greenhouses at Longwood. Especially in the summer…➤ Read More
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Bartram's Garden on the Schuykill

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”The botanick fire had set in me such a flame as is not to be quenched untill death”. Born in 1699 into a Quaker family in colonial Pennsylvania, John Bartram was to become...➤ Read More
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The vireya rhododendrons at Planting Fields

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The vireyas are in bloom again and right now is the time to take in their deletable beauty in the Camellia House at Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island. The Arboretum has a very under-appreciated bevy of vireya species and cultivars....➤ Read More
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The Camellia House at Planting Fields

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Summer is now almost on us here in the City. Certainly the dew point is almost sixty-five degrees this misty morning. That’s a sure sign that our often humid, southern-flavored summers are...➤ Read More
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Planting Fields at Oyster Bay

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It’s firmly spring now but just a mere month ago it seemed like winter would never move out. What to do? Visit more conservatory greenhouses, of course! Especially if they hold two of the finest…➤ Read More
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What? The nectarines are in bloom already?

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The Estate Fruit House, part of the vast West Conservatory Complex at Longwood Gardens, is a carefully heated and ventilated greenhouse used for forcing crop plants...➤ Read More
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Inside the Longwood Orangery

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The dazzling floral displays inside the Main Conservatory of Longwood Garden’s huge complex of greenhouses changes seasonally so any visit there is likely to be met with…➤ Read More
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Those sexy winter witch hazels

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After visiting the Philly Flower Show last week, I wandered over to Longwood Gardens to check out what’s blooming in the Conservatory. It took awhile because the siren winter witch hazels…➤ Read More
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Spring rises from Texas

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Coming back from a late winter’s jaunt to Texas, I took the opportunity to stop off at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to check for signs of spring. I wasn’t disappointed...➤ Read More
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A return to Monet's Garden

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The third week of January was cold in the City. Very cold. With temperatures that dipped down to fifteen on a couple of nights even in my sheltered garden, and that went yet lower still... ➤ Read More
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Bright shadows of July

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Most mornings might seem too short before it’s suddenly time for lunch, but the days of high summer are long. Near the garden’s restaurant is an extensive collection of daylilies...➤ Read More
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Summer's daylilies

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As the nights lengthen into winter, it’s time to catch up on some summer’s daylilies to liven things up a bit again. These beauties were from a visit to Montreal…➤ Read More
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The dawn redwoods of Munnysunk

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Born in 1865 in Chatham, a small farming community located in New York’s Columbia County, Frank Bailey had accumulated a substantial fortune by 1911 when he purchased the old farm on the forty-three acres...➤ Read More
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A winter's walk through the BBG

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I was at the Brooklyn Museum a week ago or so to see a closing exhibition one last time and took the opportunity to stroll around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden…➤ Read More
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