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The essays below have been created for us friends who are experts and whose judgment we value. They are in PDF format, which requires Acrobat® Reader®.

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A Garden's Foundation

A Garden's Foundation
Peter Garnham

Soil is the foundation upon which a garden is built. Healthy soil is an immensely complex living system, teeming with billions...

A Rose Grower’s Survival Manual

A Rose Grower’s Survival Manual Peter Schneider

With proper preparation most any rose can make it through a hard winter.

A Summer Haircut

A Summer Haircut
John Emmanuel

Two techniques to help keep your garden in bloom and fresh foliage throughout the growing season...
Amaryllis - Trumpets of Winter Amaryllis - Trumpets of Winter Tovah Martin

Gardening is not, in general, overburdened by foolproof flowers, but amaryllises are as close as you'll come to foregone conclusions.
Chill Out

Chill Out
Eliot Tozer

How to predict frost in your garden and what you can do to delay its arrival.

Containers in the Garden

Containers in the Garden
Fergus Garrett

How to arrange your plants in pots and your pots in the garden.
Dahlias that Gardeners can Love

Dahlias that Gardeners can Love Anna Pavord

With vibrant flowers and striking foliage, the best of these familiar, end-of-season stars belong in every border.
Dry Shade Strategies
Dry Shade Strategies
C. Colston Burrell

Every garden has a dry, shady spot where it looks as though nothing will survive. But looks can be deceiving...
Enduring Daylilies Enduring Daylilies
Sydney Eddison

Out of the thousands of plants introduced in the last 40 years, a handful still belong in your garden.

Thomas Hobbs

To earn its keep in my garden, a
plant must be distinctive at ten
paces, and one plant that never lets me down is Kirengeshoma palmata...


Renee Shepherd

For fragrance, form, and abundance of blooms, it’s hard to find a better group of high-summer beauties.
Making More Perennials:

Making More Perennials:
A Guide to Simple Division

Patrick Lima

Each perennial has its own pace and method of increase.
Miniature Daffodils Miniature Daffodils
Illustrations by Dugald Stermer

There is no official measurement or definition for miniature narcissi. The American Daffodil Society has a list of official miniatures, but...

Plant Daffodils to
Create a Meadow Effect

Wayne Winterrowd

How to plan, plant, and care for bulbs in order to achieve a naturalized look...
Repotting an Orchid

Repotting an Orchid
Alastair Gunn

The work is simple and short, the benefits to your orchids
are great.
Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring
John Emmanuel

A gardener at Wave Hill
shares his tactics for readying
the garden for summer.
Seeds of Success

Seeds of Success
Jeff Cox

Following a few basic rules will get your seeds off to a speedy and healthy start.
Staking: The Art of the Invisible

Staking: The Art of the Invisible
Wayne Winterrowd

Early spring is the ideal time to prepare your perennials to stay on their feet and look good all season long.
Taking Summer Indoors

Taking Summer Indoors
Lynn Byczynski

For little effort your tender plants can have a second season.
Tender Care

Tender Care
Richard R. Iversen

Tips and techniques for getting your tropical plants through the winter.
The Unsung Tarp

The Unsung Tarp
Gordon Hayward

Low-tech and underappreciated, tarpaulins are one of the most useful pieces of equipment a gardener can own.
The Virtues of Vines

The Virtues of Vines
Christopher Lloyd

Climbers can play many roles in knitting together the border throughout the summer.
Transplanting Annuals

Transplanting Annuals
Illustrations by David Ashby

Most gardeners begin their love of gardening with annuals.

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