Author Archives: Pam Baggett

The Echinacea Factor

Unless you pulled a mini Rip Van Winkle over the last four years, you’ve watched a revolution take place in the genus Echinacea. We now enjoy orange and peach petals, sweet fragrance and more. From where did these extreme echinaceas come? Here’s a brief history.


Like peonies in the northern United States, which often outlive the gardener who planted them, crinums have deep roots in the South. They thrive in salty sand 600 feet from the Atlantic and in sticky clay at long-abandoned homesites, delighting ghosts and passing travelers with their lush leaves and fragrant summer flowers…

The Tomato

Julia Child couldn’t imagine civilization without onions; for me, life without tomatoes would seem incomplete. Of the hundreds of varieties available, three favorites always find space in my summer garden…