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Autumn does not mean the end of planting for the warm days and cool nights encourage roots to grow even as plants are entering dormancy. Rare plant fairs still happen to plug in our last minute edits before winter closes the door on planting opportunities, and the Great Dixter plant fair proves to be an irresistible lure for the Financial Times gardening correspondent Robin Lane Fox. Kitchen…

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A Soliloquy to Nature

A Soliloquy to Nature

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Dear Jimmy

As I feel the Mediterranean warmth in your description of Cordoba last week, the autumnal nights have already arrived in eastern U.S. In place of orange groves and formal fountains are deciduous trees and dewy meadows. A few weeks ago I was fortunate to spend a few days at Meadowburn Farm, a place as secluded and rural as one can be near the border of New York State, and a slow rhythm…

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Tuesdays Terrace

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Tuesday’s Terrace, taken in the picturesque historic Society Hill in Philadelphia, highlights the iridescent magenta berries of Callicarpa with the autumnal containers of Celosia spicata and kale. There is no reason not go all out before the first frost!  ~ Eric

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"But in other hours, Nature satisfies by its loveliness.."

“But in other hours, Nature satisfies by its loveliness..”

Early morning at Meadowburn Farm
Early morning at Meadowburn Farm

Early morning at Meadowburn Farm

But in other hours, Nature satisfies by its loveliness, and without any mixture of corporeal benefit. I see the spectacle of morning from the hill-top over against my house, from day-break to sun-rise, with emotions which an angel might share. The long slender bars of cloud float like fishes in the sea of crimson light.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson in Nature

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Captivating Cordoba

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About two hours South of Madrid, in Andalusia, is Cordoba, a city rich in history and tradition, even declared a World Heritage Sight by UNESCO. It was here that I really started to grasp what gardening in a Mediterranean climate can be and the possibilities that exist, beyond the limitation of my two tiny terraces in Madrid.  After arriving by train, I dropped my bags off and went to visit…

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Tuesdays Terrace

Tuesdays Terrace is a small and simple one seen in Cordoba, Spain.   The simplicity of the window with its tiny garden and long shadows are a reminder that even on this scale the sun reigns supreme, responsible for making this vignette more romantic. - James

Tuesdays Terrace

Tuesdays Terrace is a small and simple one seen in Cordoba, Spain.   The simplicity of the window with its tiny garden and long shadows are a reminder that even on this scale the sun reigns supreme, responsible for making this vignette more romantic. - James

Book Review: The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik

Book Review: The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik

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CCF10032014_00000Behind each creative mastermind is someone who possesses the expertise to obtain the ‘nuts’ and ‘bolts’ for the vision to be realized fully. Just as the fashion designer cannot complete a collection with a team of seamstresses or tailors to execute his designs, the landscape architect or garden designer is dependent on someone who can supply plants for their projects. Midwest plantsman Roy Diblik…

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Plantsman Corner: Salvias of Slovakia

Plantsman Corner: Salvias of Slovakia

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Seeing garden plants in the wild is always a pleasant, if not eye opening, experience. Familiarity is heartwarming, but one can also learn much from observing the immediate environment in which plants grow before tailoring our gardens to suit them once we return home.

Three of the most commonly seen salvias in Slovakia are Salvia glutinosa (upper left). S. nemorosa (bottom left), and S. verticillata (right). All species are forebears of our garden plants that are now popular in naturalistic gardens.

Three of the most commonly seen salvias in Slovakia are Salvia glutinosa (upper left). S. nemorosa (bottom left), and S.…

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5-10-5: Laura Ekasetya, Horticulturist, Lurie Garden

5-10-5: Laura Ekasetya, Horticulturist, Lurie Garden

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Laura Ekasetya was a week-long guest horticulturist at Chanticleer earlier this year, and I sensed in her an astute and inquisitive mind about plants and gardens. It is infrequent that we hear about the individuals who maintain the work of creative visionaries while keeping it afresh and evolving, and Laura is one of those fortunate souls who oversees the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park,…

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Anatomy of a Garden: Two Plantings at Lurie Garden

Anatomy of a Garden: Two Plantings at Lurie Garden

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The principal genius of the Lurie Garden lies in the ingenuity with which North American prairie plants are mixed with exotics to spectacular effect in an urban environment. A 15 ft tall hedge, a physical manifestation of Carl Sandburg’s “City of Big Shoulders’, gives muscular heft and the maple allees (Acer x freemanii[Autumn Blaze] = ‘Jeffersred’ keeps the scale proportional and intermediate…

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