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Danielle Sherry

When I was 6, I was told that I couldn’t leave the dinner table until all of my broccoli was eaten. My mother woke the next morning to find me sleeping underneath the table, broccoli still uneaten. But, I consider myself one of the lucky ones because my family actually had a vegetable garden while I was growing up, and although I hated to be assigned the chore of weeding it, I quickly learned to appreciate that fresh, homegrown food tasted better than anything you could ever buy at the grocery store.
We had a vegetable garden for several reasons; to save money, to know exactly where our food came from and how it was raised, and to become little more self-sufficient. It didn’t take long for both my brother and I to realize that practically everything (including broccoli) was cooler when it came from your own backyard. Those early life lessons stuck with me, and that is the reason that I still grow broccoli, nearly 23 years later.

  • How-To

    Curbside Nursery Pickup Experience

    Many nurseries countrywide are adapting to the new COVID-19 outbreak by offering their customers curbside pickup. This enables gardeners to practice social distancing but still get much-needed spring garden supplies.…

  • Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

    Episode 59: Northwest Flower and Garden Festival Review

    Over the course of the past several years, the staff of Fine Gardening has visited A LOT of flower and garden shows across North America. But one show that takes…

  • Design

    The Best New Plants of 2020: Perennials

    No flopping allowed with this summer-to-fall gem Name: 'Red Riding Hood' Anemone (Anemone ‘Red Riding Hood’) Zones: 5–9 Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Design

    The Best New Plants of 2020: Annuals

    A prettier version of morning glory Name: ‘Sunrise Serenade’ morning glory (Ipomoea × imperialis ‘Sunrise Serenade’) Zones: Annual Size: Vining 8 to 10 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet…

  • Design

    The Best New Plants for 2020: Vegetables

    Tops in taste and in trial gardens Name: ‘Alston Everlasting’ cherry tomato Days to maturity: 65 We put a lot of stock into tomatoes that come out on top when…

  • Design

    The Best New Plants for 2020: Trees and Shrubs

    Blooms that change colors more often than a chameleon Dandy Man Color Wheel® rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘NCRX1’) Zones: 5–9 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

    Ep. 58 Architectural Plants

    It may seem weird to talk about a garden having “architecture,” but it’s an essential component of a good design. Plants with stunning form—be it shockingly upright, or maybe acutely…

  • Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

    Episode 56: Listener Q & A

    Since we’ve been at this podcasting game for 2+ years now, we figured it was time we asked you guys—our loyal listeners—what pressing plant questions you have. We got questions…

  • Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

    Episode 55: Best Natives

    Some people say plant all native plants. Some people say plant a mix of native and ornamental options. Whichever side you may be on, the plants we highlight today are…

  • Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

    Episode 53: Successes and Failures

    What better to way to wrap up the year of gardening with an airing of our grievances against all those plants that never quite lived up to their potential this…