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COMPILED BY ERIN KAPPELER Antiques and Ideas OCTOBER 5-8 Antiques at the Garden Birmingham Botanical GardensBirmingham, AL 205-414-3950 www.bbgardens.org An intriguing sculpture or pot is just the fix for a bare spot in the autumn garden. Antiques at the Garden, …

FROM DROUGHT

Choosing a palette of plants that thrive despite climatic extremes BY LAUREN SPRINGER AFTER GARDENING IN COLORADO for a dozen years, I thought I could handle any climatic insult. There is a reason why meteorologists consider this state a mecca; …

Field Notes 28

Southeast BY FELDER RUSHING/Jackson, Mississippi, Zone 8 Our Seven Seasons SOUTHEASTERN GARDENERS can savor at least seven subtly overlapping but distinct gardening seasons, thereby partaking in a horticultural equivalent of the Slow Food eating philosophy. Though a heating mat in …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 29

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I am a little confused about bulb planting depths. I understand that different species need to be planted at different depths. But what happens in nature? When these plants reproduce by seed, how do the …

From Branches to Benches

The rustic artisery of Jerry Conrad by LES BRAKE MOST ALASKANS THINK OF ALDER AS NOTHING BUT A WOODY WEED. Sitka alder (Alnus crispa subsp. sinuata) isn’t particularly attractive at any time of year, and its multiple, snakelike trunks make …

The Treasures of Fernwood

Rick and Gail Sawyer offer the cream of woodland plants at their Maine nursery by RUAH DONNELLY photography by LYNN KARLIN TO BE A GOOD NURSERYMAN, as Czech writer Karel Capek once observed, “a man must have a lucky hand …

Power Play 8

Fall Cleanup BY KAREN WEIR-JIMERSON FALL. IT’S MORE OF A VERB than a season for some people. In autumn, if you have deciduous trees in your yard, then you also have a front-row seat for their seasonal strip tease. First …

The Murky Side of Mulch

A plant pathologist reveals that these popular materials can sometimes prove more harmful than helpful by VALERIE EASTON Olaf Ribeiro’s Last Chance Garden on Bainbridge Island, Washington, is filled with plants so lusty you’d never imagine they were on their …

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Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University My ‘Latham’ raspberry plants aren’t yielding much fruit. The fruit they do yield is small and crumbly. Is there something I can add to the soil to make the patch more productive? —S.J., Fairhaven, MA …

A topsy twny World

Matt Larkin clips and snips his way to new territory for topiary Text by TOVAH MARTIN Photography by WEBB CHAPPELL Matt Larkin never saw reason to rein in his imagination. Might as well let it run rampant, he figured, which …