Category Archives: Conservation

On (and Off) Dune Road

It was “just another” bike ride along Dune Road from Westhampton Beach to East Quogue—viewing various houses from the sublime to the ridiculous—when I spotted a path leading through the protected marshland. I got off my bike and began to … Continue reading

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The Tree Man of Holbox Island

I was touring Holbox Island on my bike. I just had to stop. The signs were so intriguing: “Adopt a Tree” in more than a dozen languages and “Vivero Plantas Endemicas” (garden center for native plants). I got off my … Continue reading

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Desertscapes of Guanajuato, Mexico

Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden, located in the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, contains many surprises, including a heart-shaped cactus paddle that might be the ideal valentine to send to someone who’s giving you a hard time. … Continue reading

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Garden Party in The Hamptons

A beautiful Saturday evening in late summer, a lovely setting, reflections in the pool, a sunset over the water, clinking wine glasses, and good conversation. In the Hamptons, a region noted for spectacular gardens, this was a garden to remember, … Continue reading

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Leave Your Leaves, Part 2

For two years, I’ve managed to convince the guys who mow the lawn to mulch the beds with leaves and to dump the rest of them in the compost bins. Trained to make every front and back yard as pristene … Continue reading

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It Takes a Foundation to Revitalize a Village

Surrounded by farmlands and mountains, Grafton, Vermont, is the kind of place movie directors choose when they want the most idyllic location in America: restored colonial houses on country roads, a white-steepled church, red barns, covered bridges, cottage gardens. It’s … Continue reading

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Xeriscaping

In Northern California, there are still plenty of typical suburban front yards with thirsty lawns and foundation plantings of shrubs trimmed into gumdrop shapes. Biking around Sonoma recently I saw a number of white-picket-fenced cottage gardens filled with rose bushes … Continue reading

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