Stop Allergies! How to Plant Pretty Protective Hedges

Stop Allergies! How to Plant Pretty Protective Hedges

If you have allergy offending trees or shrubs in your neighborhood (probably because of a very common case of botanical…

The Disruptors: David Milarch

The Disruptors: David Milarch

Meet David Milarch David Milarch is a fourth generation German shade tree farmer who lives in Michigan with two subsequent…

How to Make a Living Willow Arbor

How to Make a Living Willow Arbor

Guests are usually surprised when I tell them that our willow arbor only cost $35. Back in 2005, I spent $8 plus shipping for four hybrid willows…

Shinrin-Yoku Forest Breathing

Shinrin-Yoku Forest Breathing

Shinrin-Yoku. Translation: Shinrin – forest. Yoku – bathing, showering, taking in – with all of our senses. Shinrin-yoku – bathing…

How to Place and Plant A Tree

How to Place and Plant A Tree

For many states, Arbor day is the last Friday of April, but there are plenty of places where the annual…

Cercis ‘Merlot’ – Even If You Don’t Drink, You Will Want To Plant One

Cercis ‘Merlot’ – Even If You Don’t Drink, You Will Want To Plant One

“I am not drinking (expletive) Merlot!” – Miles from the movie Sideways This past weekend, a group of friends and…

A Secret Project – Can You Help?

A Secret Project – Can You Help?

AUGUST UPDATE:  I can tell you a bit more – This has to do with the Launch of PITH +…

A Flowering Tree Wish List

A Flowering Tree Wish List

This time of year is such a treat.  It is so full of beautiful flowering trees and shrubs that it…

Aerial Hedges

Aerial Hedges

Instead of writing about a particular plant or plant group, this week I thought I would talk about one of…

TEDxDirigo and Apples

TEDxDirigo and Apples

This past Sunday, I had the honor to attend Maine’s TED conference, TEDxDirigo. In case you do not know, TED…

Yes, A Tree That Smells Of Cotton Candy

Yes, A Tree That Smells Of Cotton Candy

If you have ever been up close and personal with a katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) then you already knew what…

Making Sloe Gin

Making Sloe Gin

This is one of those crazy weeks and for some reason I feel compelled to pile it on.  Today I…

In Praise of The Tupelo

In Praise of The Tupelo

This past weekend has been a blur. We had a symposium on trees at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Saturday…

A New Respect For Serviceberry

A New Respect For Serviceberry

I am going to start out by admitting that I have never been impressed with serviceberry. The first serviceberry or…

Peking Lilac

Peking Lilac

First of all, last week was pretty awesome. The weather in Maine has been pretty good and then on Wednesday,…

Sophora prostrata

Sophora prostrata

I am highly influenced by the convergence of beautiful photography with fantastically different plants.  Such was the case when I stumbled across a post at…

Hoar Frost & Winter Gardens

Hoar Frost & Winter Gardens

Have you ever heard that bit about their being lots of Eskimo words for snow? True or not, it is a…

Cistus Nursery

Cistus Nursery

First of all, at least once per day, I make sure that I work with plants. I either look, touch,…

Japanese Flowering Apricot: A Tree of Nostalgia

Japanese Flowering Apricot: A Tree of Nostalgia

This is the first year of school for our kids in New England. My wife grew up in Pennsylvania and…

A Spicy New Magnolia

A Spicy New Magnolia

January of 2013 was cold. As my first January in Maine, I was not prepared for the lack of light…

Father Farges Filbert

Father Farges Filbert

Yes you read that correctly, Father Farges filbert. This is one of the most exciting trees that I have come across…

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