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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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    Gardening Gift Ideas 2019 for Northeastern Gardeners

    As a group, we gardeners are some of the easiest people to please. We appreciate beauty as well as utility and are endlessly grateful for any sign of encouragement from…

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    (Don’t) Put the Garden to Bed for the Season

    Most of us were taught to get a jump on spring by putting the garden “to bed” in the fall. We’re compelled to cut every perennial down to the ground,…

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    Northeast: November Garden To-Do List

    By now the garden has gone out in a blaze of glory. Most of what’s left from the growing season is the debris of senescence. We have some choices what…

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    Four Favorite Plants for Fall Color

    The Northeast’s reputation for extraordinary fall color is well established. We locals are so lucky! We don’t have to travel far to view calico-patterned landscapes of deciduous trees, shrubs, and…

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    Overwintering Tender Perennials and Tropicals

    Cold-climate gardeners are faced with a choice at winter’s outset: quit gardening until spring, or bring some plants inside and garden on. I recommend the latter. For one thing, tender…

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    Northeast: October Garden To-Do List

    Based on averages, most of us expect our first frost in October. But even as air temperatures take a nosedive, the ground retains summer’s heat for a while. There are…

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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…