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Far-Flung Flavor

A guide to the culinary oreganoes BY HOLLY SHIMIZU HAVE YOU EVER PLANTED OREGANO with the intention of cooking with it and then been disappointed by its lack of flavor? If so, don’t doubt your gardening skills; there’s a good …

Field Notes 8

Northeast BY GORDON HAYWARD/Putney, Vermont, Zone 5 Turning Point THE WEEKS BETWEEN the end of winter and the beginning of spring here in the Northeast form the cusp of the gardener’s year. We look back with longing at the respite …

High Ground 11

AN ADDICTION to gardening is, in my view, genetic and in our family runs down the female line. It is now unto the fourth generation, with my daughter Josephine outstripping her forebears by achieving professional qualifications as a garden designer. …

The Three Cardinal Rules of Landscaping

(And why to break them) by WAYNE WINTERROWD illustrated by GILL TOMBLIN NOVICE GARDENERS CRAVE RULES just as beginning cooks depend on recipes. Although the possibilities seem limitless, mistakes and failures lurk right around the corner. But figuring out the …

Heirloom Daylilies

Most gardeners who think they know daylilies know (and grow) modern hybrids, the plants that specialist breeders have produced by the thousands. Prized by collectors for their ever-larger flowers, their splashy color combinations, their ruffles, watermarks, halos, picotee edges, and …

Living IN THE GARDEN 3

Garden Art and Ornaments The search for garden art is an exercise for the imagination, a chance to express your personality. The choices seem almost limitless: sculpture galleries and artists’ studios offer unique items, but so do salvage yards and …

TEN TOP TREES AND SHRUBS

Tantalizing choices for spring and beyond byMICHAEL A. DIRR AMELANCHIER ARBOREA, DOWNY SERVICEBERRY; ALSO JUNEBERRY, SHADBUSH SERVICE-TREE One of the finest native North American species for naturalizing the edge of woodlands. In the wild, it occurs along streams and on …

High Ground 24

Roger Swain says our most painful garden lessons don’t have to be personal CROSSING MY NAKED LEFT HAND and the pruning saw in my right recently landed me in the emergency room. There, holding myself together with a pocket handkerchief, …

Painting the Hamptons

At Madoo Robert Dash trains an artis’s eye on the landscape The first things you see upon entering Robert Dash’s Long Island garden are a pair of wooden chairs and a small table. They’re the sort of outdoor furniture you …

MEASURES OF STONE

In garden walls and abstract sculptures, Edwin Hamilton pays respect to masonry’s long history by HAZEL WHITE photography by MARION BRENNER The roughly one-square-foot gap near the end of the wall may be filled today, or maybe not. Walls tell …