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Botany

Please prune the shrubs, deer

Please prune the shrubs, deer

Although unconcerned with promoting plant health or aesthetics, in at least one situation deer can actually help us prune well.

February 05, 2013 12:00 am
Please prune the shrubs, deer

Please prune the shrubs, deer

Although unconcerned with promoting plant health or aesthetics, in at least one situation deer can actually help us prune well.

January 31, 2013 12:00 am
Think you've got a big tree? Check the register.

Think you've got a big tree? Check the register.

In a Washington, D.C. office, the American Forests organization keeps the National Register of Big Trees.

January 23, 2013 12:00 am
Patents and trademarks: My plants broke the law

Patents and trademarks: My plants broke the law

To be offered patent protection, a seed variety must not have been sold in the U.S. for longer than a year, or elsewhere for longer than four years. The variety must also reproduce reliably and be distinct.

January 02, 2013 12:00 am
Grafted veggies are next season's celebrity seeds

Grafted veggies are next season's celebrity seeds

In many of the seed catalogs arriving soon in mailboxes, the headliners will be grafted vegetables, in which one or more different varieties grow from a single rootstock. Tomatoes seem to be the grafted transplants most frequently offered, providing greater disease tolerance, bigger harvests…

December 20, 2012 12:00 am
Some trees put a natural glow on the season

Some trees put a natural glow on the season

Some artificial Christmas trees glow cheerily even without lights: The branches themselves softly glow, fading on and off in different colors at the tips. Could you get the same effect from a real tree?

December 17, 2012 12:00 am
New flower varieties excel at overwintering

New flower varieties excel at overwintering

"Overwintering" plants usually means deadheading, dividing, pruning, mulching or bringing them indoors to protect them from the cold. Increasingly, though, varieties are being introduced that flower into winter and rebound in spring. They need no special care and deliver more blooms for the buck.

November 22, 2012 9:00 am
Bartram nursery nation's oldest botanical garden

Bartram nursery nation's oldest botanical garden

He was America's first botanist, and his garden is still one of the best.

November 08, 2012 12:30 am
Cutting gardens can yield beauty inside and out

Cutting gardens can yield beauty inside and out

Cut flower gardens are attractive options for those who don't like removing the best blooms from their borders and beds for indoor display.

October 29, 2012 9:00 am Photos

Photos

Turning a back yard into a fruit farm

Turning a back yard into a fruit farm

 

August 14, 2011 12:00 am
Backlit orchids

Backlit orchids

Backlit orchids

March 01, 2011 2:15 pm
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