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BY MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM / Cincinnati, Ohio, USDA Zone 6 WORTH GROWING Asarum europaeum European ginger (Asarum europaeum; shown right with Narcissus ‘Hawera’) is an attractive, well-behaved groundcover for a woodland garden. It will self-sow very modestly, but you can help …

Q & A WITH BOB POLOMSKI 2

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University How do I get rid of what my neighbor calls wild carrots? They are taking over my yard and flower beds and I don’t know what to do to stop them. —C.E., Bidwell, OH Answer: …

Point of View

Gardening at Harbor House Inn means learning how to make the most of the Pacific Coast’s gifts—and challenges TEXT BY ANN LEYHE PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAXON HOLT DRIVERS ALONG THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY have to continually remind themselves not to become …

IMPROBABLE PEONIES

Breeders have overcome genetic barriers to create these tough, gorgeous hybrids by JAMES W. WADDICK photography by DONNA KRISCHAN IT SEEMS THAT EVERY GROUP OF PLANT HYBRIDIZERS has its own impossible dream: for rosarians it’s a blue rose; for bearded …

Field Notes 1

Central Texas BY SCOTT OGDEN / Austin, Texas, Zone 8b When the Rains Return SOMEWHERE between late August and early October, a norther (cold front) will stumble south toward my garden in Austin. In the ensuing cataclysm (darkening skies, crashing …

Interior West 4

BY LAUREN SPRINGER / Fort Collins, Colorado USDA Zone 5 LOCAL EVENTS NARGS Plant Sale, April 17 Every year, the Rocky Mountain chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) hosts a weekend plant sale at Denver Botanic Gardens. …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 22

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University Four Japanese plum trees came with my new home. This is my second year with them and I haven’t seen any fruit. What should I do? –F.R., East Windsor, NJ Answer: Most Japanese plums (Prunus …

Events Around the Country 3

COMPILED BY MEGHAN LYNCH WEB FINDS CYNDI’S CATALOG OF GARDEN CATALOGS www.gardenlist.com When Cyndi Johnson belonged to the e-mail listserv Gardens, mail order was a frequent topic of conversation. “I had a vegetable garden,” she recalls, “but the rest of …

Midwest 2

BY MARTY ROSS / Kansas City, Missouri, USDA Zone 5 PLACES TO VISIT Allen Centennial Gardens 620 Babcock Drive Madison, WI 53706 608-262-8406 www.hort.wisc.edu/garden2001 Allen Centennial Gardens, a tiny, two-and-a-half-acre jewel on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, has an ambitious …

Super Hybrid Lilies

A new generation of crosses has produced the most dramatic blooms yet by CAROL HALL LILIES BREAK THE RULES. Most gardeners, asked to compare the virtues of hybrid and species forms of the same genus, would give hybrids the nod …

A Leaf like no Other

by TOVAH MARTIN TIM REUWER has always been a science fiction buff, and he confesses to harboring more than your average fondness for fantasy. Perhaps that’s why Reuwers hand-sculpted cement leaves look so good. Wherever possible, he “tweaks reality,” as …