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SLIP INTO THE HOLIDAYS

byTOM FISCHER photography byCASEY MCNAMARA WITH THE HOLIDAYS fast approaching, there’s no cheerier sight than a room decorated with the traditional tropical slipper orchids. OK, so I’m fantasizing—no one I know actually does this. But why not? Plenty of varieties …

WINNING PRIMARIES

by NANCY GOODWIN photography by ROGER HAILE illustration by GORDON MORRISON THE COMPLEX OF GARDENS at Montrose, in Hillsborough, North Carolina, was begun in the middle of the 19th century by Governor William Alexander Graham and his wife, Susan Washington …

Field Notes 6

Midwest BY MARTY ROSS / Kansas City, Missouri, Zone 5 Snow Days IT WAS BEGINNING to look a lot like Christmas last November when I loaded my little Honda Civic full of evergreen boughs, swags, and wreaths from a local …

ONE PLANT FIVE WAYS 4

Designing with Japanese Blood Grass by CAROL KLEIN The greatest fun in gardening comes from combining plants. Every plant has its own personality, but most are versatile characters that shine in a variety of roles. Moreover, it is often the …

A GARDENING LIFE: Michael A. Dirr

by CAROL BISHOP MILLER illustration by JOHN KASCHT EVER IN SEARCH OF THE “NEXT GREAT PLANT,” the University of Georgia’s renowned woody plant expert, Michael A. Dirr, has quite possibly done more to influence the contents of our landscapes than …

Northern California 4

BY JEFF COX/Kenwood, California, USDA Zone 9 NURSERIES OF NOTE California Flora Nursery Planting natives in conditions they like is the easiest way to guarantee success in any garden, because the plants will be at home the minute you get …

Treasures of Turkey

A renowned plantsman looks at the rich flora of this fabled land by JIM ARCHIBALD IN A FEW PARTS OF THE WORLD, circumstances of the remote past have combined to result in regional floras of incredible variety. As long as …

A GARDENING LIFE: Barry Yinger

by BARBARA PAUL ROBINSON photograph by ED WHEELER Barry Yinger had his first garden epiphany as a teenager, not far from his family’s Pennsylvania farm. He saw his first Japanese holly, so completely unlike the American hollies he knew, and …

CLOSE TO HOME 14

IDEAS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR RECION Southeast by CAROL BISHOP MILLER / Huntsville, Alabama, USDA Zone 7 Daisy Chain I grow many different daisylike (lowers in my garden, but I have my favorites. With bloom times that vary, they brighten …

THE BRIGHT SPOT

by SCOTT OGDEN and LAUREN SPRINGER OGDEN Choose plants that play with strong light to bring new vision to a sunny garden UNLIKE MORE STATIC PIECES OF ART, gardens reflect forces beyond the control of their makers. Gardens look different …

High Ground 15

Scott Ogden reaps the rewards of good garden karma DURING THE AGE OF EXPLORATION European nobility became caught up in rabid competition for plant novelties from around the world. Newly discovered species were hoarded in heated “stoves” while their owners …