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    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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    Episode 117: Tender Plants Worth Saving

    Nearly everyone can grow tropical plants outdoors during the summer months, but when the first frosts are forecasted, gardeners in colder climates know there will be some tough decisions ahead.…

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    Episode 116: Plants We Should Like, but Don’t

    They’re tough, they’re hardy, they thrive in almost any location. So why don’t we love them? Give this episode a listen to hear about why—despite the many good attributes of…

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    Episode 115: Underrated Herbs

    We all know and love parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. And then there’s sweet basil, which is perhaps the queen of all the herbs. But what about those herbs that…

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    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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    Episode 114: Drought-Tolerant Woodies

    According to NASA Earth Observatory, one-third of the United States experienced some level of drought in 2020, and 2021 was much the same. This pattern of extended dry weather is…

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    Episode 113: Big and Bold Plants

    The original title of this episode was Big and Bold Plants for the Back of the Border. But between the length and the tongue-twister alliteration, we shortened it a bit…

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    Episode 112: Best Cutting-Garden Flowers

    In late May and June, we can’t help wandering out into the garden with a pair of shears in hand. Bringing fresh flowers into the house seems like a seasonal…

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    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…

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    Episode 111: Weed-Suppressing Ground Covers

    Is there anything ground covers can’t do? They are useful in problem areas like steep slopes, under trees and shrubs, and in spaces that need erosion control. They also reduce…