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February 13, 2017
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Cliff Maids

Lewisias are beautiful plants that I include, along with ornamental sweet peas, in my litany of horticultural failure.  A few years ago, I was smitten by a lovely little pink-flowered lewisia that I saw at a plant sale.  I thought … Continue reading

April 14, 2014
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Moss Saxifrage

The name “Georg Arends” will ring a bell with astute gardeners, even if it only sounds faintly familiar.  Arends was a German nurseryman and plant breeder with an establishment in Ronsdorf-Wuppertal, an imposingly named town near Cologne.  He lived and … Continue reading

August 5, 2013
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Buck Garden

Most people think small when they think of rock gardens—miniature plants in confined spaces.  Leonard J. Buck (1894-1974) was not one of those people.  Buck, who made a fortune importing and exporting metal ores, created a thirty-three acre rock garden … Continue reading

June 24, 2013
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Heron’s Bill

The Victorians and Edwardians had a passion for rock or alpine gardens, creating extensive pseudo-alpine landscapes from actual rocks, artificial rocks and various forms of debris, up to and including broken dishes.  Fashionable gardeners filled the cracks and crevices of … Continue reading