Southeast

One Botanic Garden That Weathered Hurricane Irma Well

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Just 10 days after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden reopened and was fully operational including exhibits, ongoing activities and educational programming. One of their biggest efforts, The Million Orchid Project, involves restoring imperiled native orchids to the south Florida landscape with community involvement.

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Field Notes 31

WINTER FLOWERS always come as a special delight—all the more so if they happen to be fragrant. Luckily, we in the South can grow a number of winter-blooming shrubs renowned for their fragrance.

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Southeast: Zoysia Uncut

BY JENKS FARMER / Columbia, South Carolina, Zone 8 EVERYONE in my neighborhood (and yours, too, I’ll bet) has a lawn. Unfortunately, most of them are the same—unimaginative and crew-cut, not at all like the fun, giant Swiss-cake-like rolls of …

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Southeast: Caladiums See the Light

BY JENKS FARMER / Columbia, South Carolina, Zone 8 Caladiums are old favorites in southern gardens. Like many plants, they also inspire some people to become insane collectors of every available cultivar—I know a gardener in the Low Country of …

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Upper South: Space Invaders

BY C. COLSTON BURRELL/Free Union, Virginia, Zone 7 The allure of exotic plants is inescapable. In spite of a rich and beautiful native flora, we are invariably drawn to plants from distant shores. As a result, our gardens rely heavily …

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Upper South: Shady Arrangements

BY C. COLSTON BURRELL / Free Union, Virginia, Zone 7 I am a lustful gardener. I once referred to myself as a chlorophyll addict, and an earnest voice asked who had bestowed my certification. Though I joked that she had …

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