Review of Fiskars Quantum Hedge Shear: How Does it Compare to the PowerGear Model?

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Over many years of managing a fine landscape maintenance company – one which focuses on the pruning, training, and finer work in the garden beds rather than the mow ‘n’ blow-type service so ubiquitous in the field – I’ve developed some strong loyalties to the workhorse tools which make the day’s pruning faster, more comfortable, […]

Jump On It! Great Deals on Fall Reading

Great deals on fall reading!

Every so often Amazon has some wonderful things at a price that I can only describe as “WTF”. I think it has something to do with their algorithm and how their computers search for the best deals online, and then automatically match them. Sometimes these deals last a while, and sometimes they’re gone in a few […]

Shipping Now: The New Garden Design Magazine

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Design geeks among you may know that Garden Design magazine folded early last year. I had regretful yet mixed feelings about this, because the magazine’s focus on designing a garden, rather than on the minutiae of actually growing a garden, was unique and I immediately felt the lack. However, I confess that the old Garden […]

Review of The 20-30 Something Garden Guide by Dee Nash

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Gardening marketers are always getting their pants in a bunch over whether enough new people are picking up the torch and continuing gardening, and initiatives aimed at getting young people to garden abound. Of course, from my own experience I can say that gardening as a hobby evolves over time. As we age, we shouldn’t […]

Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin: Designer DIY With the Succulent Queen

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If you’ve been around the world of horticulture for any time, you’re probably familiar with Debra Lee Baldwin’s work with succulents. Her first two books, Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, are still the most thoughtful, in-depth guides to those topics available. However, both of those books have so much information that you could […]

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: The Book

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 “Let’s face it: the garden is a popularity contest. High school is a metaphor for life, and gardening is no exception. Step into our gardens and we find the prom queen and the star quarterback, the cheerleader and the rebel who cut class. Popular plants rule today’s landscapes the same way popular kids rule the […]