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Kristin Green

Kristin Green fell hard for horticulture while studying art in the Pacific Northwest. After returning to native Northeastern soil, she turned her obsession into a vocation. She spent fifteen years as a professional gardener in private and public gardens in Rhode Island, including twelve years as interpretive horticulturist, garden blogger and photographer at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, and two at Mount Hope Farm where she designed and installed a cutting garden. She wrote a regular garden column called Down to Earth for area newspapers from 2010 to 2018, her own blog at trenchmanicure.com, and Plantiful: Start Small, Grow Big with 150 Plants that Spread, Self-Sow, and Overwinter, published by Timber Press in 2014. Nowadays, when she’s not in her home garden testing ideas, combinations, and the limits of laziness, you’ll find her living another dream behind the circulation desk at the Middletown Public Library.

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    Northeast: September Garden To-Do List

    There’s a change in the air during September. Summer isn’t over yet, but the humidity abates, the sky lifts, and morning and afternoon light become golden. These are ideal conditions…

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    Getting the Most From Tall Plants

    Plants bred for compact size and short stems are great for containers and tight spaces, but don’t be afraid to let your garden grow up. Even in the smallest gardens,…

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    Planting a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

    It’s not enough anymore for a garden to be beautiful. It should also be attractive. The more we welcome insects, the more we help sustain the local ecosystem’s food chains.…

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    Types of Pollinators at Work in the Garden

    Come August, we gardeners are allowed a break. It’s too hot and generally too dry to plant; the weeds slow down, and deadheading is optional. But even as we abandon…

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    Northeast: August Garden To-Do List

    By August, summer is a sticky, dust-encrusted, worn-out old shoe. Most of us choose to abandon the garden to find a breeze along a shoreline or in front of the…

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    Water-Wise Tips for Northeastern Gardeners

    Long-range forecasts for summer 2019 have been all over the place. Some predicted “normal” weather for most of the Northeast and rainier than usual weather for southern New England. Others…

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    Northeast: July Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Where I live (Bristol, Rhode Island, home of the nation’s longest-running Independence Day parade) it’s practically a town ordinance that all plants be planted, tools put away, hoses reeled, debris…

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    Patriotic Plant Choices for the Northeastern Garden | Northeast Regional Report

    Where I live, Independence Day is a bigger deal than Christmas. It’s practically a town ordinance that every house, on the parade route or not, be festooned in stars and…

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    Mulches to Conserve Moisture

    When spring is as cold and wet as this one has been, it can be hard to imagine the soil will ever dry out. But here in the Northeast, we…

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    Plan Ahead for a Late Summer Show | Northeast Regional Report

    A Northeastern garden in June is hard to beat, growing with as much energy and enthusiasm as we feel after a long winter. And if anything is lacking, every garden…