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November 19, 2015



Eupatorium Species

Many gardens don’t have room for such big plants! But in those that do, Joe Pye weed is sure to please both humans...and butterflies.

June 4, 2015


sappho roses

Names For Roses

About 2,500 years ago, the Greek poet Sappho called the rose the “queen of flowers.”

May 28, 2015



Fairies’ Gloves

The botanical name Digitalis is from the Latin for finger, and “folk” refers to fairies, hence the common name of folks' gloves or fairies' gloves.

November 27, 2014



Achillea Cultivars

Achillea is the botanical name for yarrow and was named after Homer’s hero of the Trojan wars--Achilles.

November 29, 2012


common witch hazel

Autumn-Blooming Witch Hazel

Witch hazel bark has traditionally been used by steeping it in water to make an astringent, which Native Americans used to treat a variety of ills.

September 27, 2012



The Consolida Genus Includes Larkspur

Most of the larkspurs we grow in our gardens are annuals, but they readily self seed so they can become almost permanent residents of our gardens.

September 13, 2012



Fireweed Thrives In Disturbed Soil

The native perennial fireweed produces spikes of magenta flowers July through September.

September 6, 2012




Anise is one of our most ancient herbs, dating to before the birth of Christ.

August 23, 2012




Also known as knitbone, the name comfrey may come from the Latin word which means “knitting together” and refers to its use in healing fractures.

August 16, 2012




Modern researchers have confirmed that caraway oil has a mild antispasmodic effect in addition to its culinary appeal.

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