Category Archives: Garden Design Projects

Propagate your Plants!

This is the big clean-up season before winter sets in. We’re all raking leaves, cutting back perennials, cleaning pots and tools and putting them away until next spring, and tossing out annuals. But wait, before you toss all the plants … Continue reading

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I Left My Heart [at the Green Wall] in San Francisco

I went to San Francisco for ten days to meet my new grandson. Of course I fell in love with him. On Saturday afternoon I took a break from family to visit the newly reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art … Continue reading

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It’s Not Tough To Be a Trough Gardener

I  joined fellow members of the Garden Club of Irvington on a recent visit to Oliver Nursery in Fairfield, CT, where we got an expert demonstration on how to plant troughs. Although “trough” is one of the weirder one-syllable words … Continue reading

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Tuteurs, Obelisks and Obsessions

A field trip on a drizzly day last spring to the Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Upper Manhattan has kept me busy all summer. The Cloisters, devoted to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe, is surrounded by walled gardens … Continue reading

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Got Shade? Get Moss.

Once upon a time there was an area where nothing would grow. Not even vinca or pachysandra or lamium. Dark, damp, nutrient-starved from competition from the bulging roots of a giant oak tree. It’s the entrance to our back garden. … Continue reading

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The Festival of Temporary Dwellings

This is the time of year when Jews around the world erect sukkot, temporary dwellings or huts, in their back yards, patios, and rooftops. You see them on balconies in Jerusalem and Brooklyn and tucked between tall buildings in Manhattan. … Continue reading

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A Chinese Touch for Your Garden

Last week at this time, I was spending the day with my just-married son, Alex Miller, and new daughter-in-law, Yan Zhang, in the Panjiayuan Antiques Market in Beijing’s Chaoyang District. It was the unwinding-day after their big wedding bash, and … Continue reading

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