Garden Visits

Eudora Welty’s Garden

The plot for Eudora Welty’s most autobiographical novel, The Optimist’s Daughter, unfolds after the family patriarch, Judge McKelva, prunes a rose heavy with memories in his rambling garden. The rose, called Becky’s Climber in the book, comes straight out of Welty’s garden in Jackson, Mississippi.

Cistus Nursery

For most of us, moving entails packing up our clothes, hoisting our furniture, transporting it all to a new location, and setting up housekeeping. When obsessed plantsmen Sean Hogan and the late Parker Sanderson relocated to Portland, Oregon, in April 1995, their 5,000 precious plants took up far more space in the moving van than all their other possessions…

Award for Garden Excellence

The Award for Garden Excellence, given yearly by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and sponsored by Horticulture, honors the public garden that best exemplifies the highest standards of horticultural practices and that has shown a commitment to supporting and demonstrating the best gardening techniques. The APGA and Horticulture are proud to honor the Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe, Illinois, as the winner of the 2006 award. . . .

Call of the Wild

In our July/August 2004 issue, contributing editor Lauren Springer describes the challenges she faced when gardening in the foothills west of Fort Collins, Colorado, and lists the plants she came to find success with. Here, we bring you Springer’s expanded plant lists — those listed in the magazine, as well as a number of additional choices. . . .

Adventurous Addictions: A Collector’s Garden

It is only upon close inspection of the broad, curving borders embracing the house and front and rear lawns that one appreciates what a vast assortment of plants they contain and realizes that, however tastefully subdued the surroundings, this is, nevertheless, the domain of an adventurous — make that obsessive — plant addict . . .