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Lessons from Stonecrop

Under Director Caroline Burgess, students receive a rigorous hands-on horticultural training byHATSY SHIELDSphotography byRICHARD W. BROWN WHATEVER YOU MIGHT HAVE BORROWED FOR THE DAY—clippers, trowel, or a copy of the RHS Plant Finder—from the precisely organized potting shed at Stonecrop …

Field Notes 12

Midwest BY MARTY ROSS / Kansas City, Missouri, Zone 5 Prickly Business ALL WINTER LONG, Judy Pigue’s garden near Kansas City looks rocky and barren, but in the spring it stirs mysteriously to life. Early in May, Pigue’s extraordinary hardy …

A Gift of Summer

Ideas for next year’s outdoor entertaining AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH, we turn our attention to the tasks of the season: we decorate the house and yard, shop for gifts, and make wish lists of our own. Soon we’ll find ourselves …

All-American Columbines

Today’s best cultivars owe their beauty to two western species by ROBERT NOLD THE COLUMBINE—few flowers are less in need of an introduction, and few more redolent of the essence of gardening, with its concomitant images of continuity, concupiscence, and …

LESSONS IN DESIGN LEARNING FROM LOST GARDENS

by PATRICK CHASSE Rome wasn’t built in a day, so the old maxim goes, and — except for the new “makeover” house and garden television shows—gardens aren’t either. They are products of careful planning, experimenting, refinement, and hard work. Neither …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 15

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I purchased a plant called winter red hot poker (Veltheimia bracteata). What kind of care does it need? -E.R., Bernardsville, NJ Answer: This bulb, also known as forest lily, is a South African native of …

Perry’s Picks

An expert’s choice of the best tropical water lilies text and photography by PERRY D. SLOCUM A MOST BASIC DISTINCTION CAN BE MADE between tropical water lilies, those native to tropical or semi-tropical climates, and hardy water lilies, which are …

Q & A with Bob Polomski 3

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University How do I know if my lawn needs aeration? —H.S., Fair Lawn, NJ Answer: Aeration, or aerification, is a cultivation practice used to alleviate soil compaction. This compaction commonly occurs from intense use, such as …

On the Cover 1

There are two types of gardeners: those who like the proverbial ant, plan their spring gardens the preceding fall, and those who, like the proverbial grasshopper, get so caught up admiring the fall foliage that they fail to prepare for …

Events Around the Country 11

COMPILED BY ERIN KAPPELER Take a tour MAY 6 Venice Garden and Home Tour Venice, CA 310-821-1857 www.venicegardentour.org Not only does the Venice Garden and Home Tour afford gardeners the chance to take inspiration from some of California’s finest private …

The Pinch Potter of Phoenix

Unhappy with boring store-bought pots, Mike Cone took the clay into his own hands by SCOTT CALHOUN photography by MARK PETERMAN Calling Mike Cone’s pottery distinctive is beyond understatement; vessels this otherworldly look as though they were collected by the …