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First Contact

First Contact

I'm trying to raise a kid that loves being outside and in the dirt as much as I do...

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Garden visiting through the eyes of a 5-year-old

Garden visiting through the eyes of a 5-year-old

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A couple of weeks ago I dragged my husband and daughter out with me to visit some gardens on a Garden Conservancy Open Day in northwestern Connecticut. To keep her happier longer, I gave my daughter...

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Toddler in the berry patch!

Toddler in the berry patch!

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Nearly a year has passed since my granddaughter first ventured into the basil patch, and now, on the cusp of two, she is mobile and decisive. It's June, and in Connecticut that means ripening...

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Frogs from another dimension

Frogs from another dimension

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When you first glance at these photos of some frogs at the Tyler Arboretum outside Philadelphia, you might not think there's anything out of the ordinary, but look again... Their eyes are level with...

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A home fit for a gnome

A home fit for a gnome

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The Tyler Arboretum's Magical Habitats exhibition, which officially opens on Saturday, promises to be enchanting. When our assistant art director, Steven Cominsky, and I visited last week, a few...

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READER PHOTO! A Gnomefest moment

READER PHOTO! A Gnomefest moment

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Today's photo is from John Magee in Chantilly, Virginia. He says, "This was from our “Gnomefest 2006” party.  Enjoy!" Thanks, John, for sharing your friends with us! They look like...

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Baby in the veggie patch!

Baby in the veggie patch!

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What happens when a newly mobile one-year-old spots an open garden gate and scoots in?

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READER PHOTOS! Fairy gardens in the land of...Washington

READER PHOTOS! Fairy gardens in the land of...Washington

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Today's photos are from Patti Sherwood in Kalama, Washington.  She says, "This was the first of several fairy gardens that my granddaughters and I have created.  I've become a bit...

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You must pass the creatures of the pool to get cool...

You must pass the creatures of the pool to get cool...

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In Laura Crockett's garden in Oregon, foam pool noodles lend a playful alien flair to the clumps of miscanthus at the entrance to her kids' pool. Some curlicue metal antennae complete to poufball...

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READER PHOTO! Jumbo caterpillar

READER PHOTO! Jumbo caterpillar

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Here's another fun photo from Mary Sherwood of Littleton, North Carolina. It's a shot from the children's garden at New York Botanical Garden. Mary says, "I liked this garden topiary because of the...

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A whole week of garden FUN!!

A whole week of garden FUN!!

This week I'd like to focus on having some FUN in the garden!! We're talking wild and whimsical here, folks. Let's kick it off today with a shot from a few years ago at the entrance to the childrens...

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Off-roading in miniature

Off-roading in miniature

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Laura Crockett's garden in Oregon is a horticultural playground. There are playful details at every turn, and this is no exception. It's a miniature landscape made from a rock garden plant and a...

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READER PHOTO! A green roof good enough for a gnome...

READER PHOTO! A green roof good enough for a gnome...

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Today's photo is from LeAnn Locher in Portland, Oregon. She says, "This is in the funky neighborhood of North Portland, in Portland, Oregon. Located along a sidewalk, this "gnomescape" features a...

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Kidspace in the garden

Kidspace in the garden

Gardener Melissa Lafferty makes these fairy houses with her children to encourage them to get involved in her garden. They've created an entire village to welcome imaginary friends to their fun...

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