Carol Collins

  • Design

    Tour an Enchanting New England Garden on a Historic Vermont Farm

    On a north-facing hillside in Norwich, Vermont, is an unexpectedly gorgeous and sophisticated landscape—the home garden of designer Bill Noble and his husband, Jim Tatum. This unique landscape was built…

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    Design

    Plants That Will Bring Multiseason Interest to Your Garden

    If your planting lacks flair in certain seasons, try taking some inspiration from our list of favorites from this exceptional New England garden. ‘Goldtau’ tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’)…

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    Design

    4 Planting Plans for Multiseason Garden Designs

    On a north-facing hillside in Norwich, Vermont, mostly hidden behind a historic farmhouse and barn lies a gorgeous and sophisti­cated landscape. It is the home garden of designer Bill Noble…

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    Design

    Tour a Collector’s Garden Filled With Artful Plant Combinations

    Chen Choo is a retired nuclear engineer with an artist’s eye and a passion for collecting plants. His garden in southern Ontario is filled with a fascinating mix of cold-hardy…

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    Design

    Tour a Sustainable Backyard Garden Retreat 

    A well-planned water feature will lend a restful, restorative atmosphere to almost any garden. Whether it is a simple birdbath or fountain, or a larger feature such as a pond…

  • Design

    Tour a Garden Where Annual and Tropical Plants Steal the Show

    Annual and tropical plants can add extraordinary colors and textures to any garden, especially from late summer through early autumn, when many perennials fizzle out. In Fine Gardening issue #177,…

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    Seed-Starting Gadgets

    Starting your own seeds is a great way to get a lot of plants for little money. But from sowing tiny seeds to prying seedlings out of flimsy plastic trays,…

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    Design

    Learn How to Make a Concrete-Leaf Planter

    In Fine Gardening #200, Lisa Roper demonstrated how hand-cast leaves can create artful niches for drought-loving plants like succulents (8 Ways to Create Crowd-Pleasing Containers). If you would like to…

  • 4 Ways to Stake a Tomato
    How-To

    4 Ways to Stake Tomatoes

    Nothing tastes quite as good as a homegrown tomato. But there’s nothing quite as frustrating as having the rambling, fast-growing plants taking over a corner of the garden, flopping on…

  • How-To

    Build an Affordable Grow Light System

    Starting seeds indoors is a great way to fill beds affordably and get a jump-start on the growing season. Seed suppliers offer an almost limitless number of flower and vegetable…