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Visit to Costa Farms

Last week, while in Ft. Lauderdale to attend the Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE), I spent a most wonderful day with two lovely and generous people – Justin Hancock of Costa Farms and Stacey Pierson of Garden Media Group – at Costa Farms. Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned grower of tropical plants, houseplants, annuals… Continue reading Visit to Costa Farms

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2017 Garden Reflections

The final days of a calendar year invite reflection. As I was beginning to make plans and set goals for my landscape in 2018, I spent some time reviewing the past season by organizing plant labels and garden center receipts, reading entries in my garden journal, and looking through all of the photographs taken of… Continue reading 2017 Garden Reflections

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Color abounds in Arid Greenhouse at Chicago Botanic Garden

If winter has you craving for color and begging for blooms, head to the Arid Greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It will soothe your soul and appease your appetite for flowers. Aloe plants own the room right now. They are shamelessly flaunting their flowers, and the rest of the plants are doing their best… Continue reading Color abounds in Arid Greenhouse at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Enjoy the exotic flowers of Agapanthus this summer.

I couldn’t go a summer without a pot of Agapanthus growing on my deck. Large glamorous umbels of periwinkle blue flowers color summer days. Strappy, grass-like foliage remains attractive after flowers have finished their show. Agapanthus may be commonly called lily of the Nile, but they are not native to land beside the Nile River… Continue reading Enjoy the exotic flowers of Agapanthus this summer.