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    GPOD on the Road: Allan Gardens Conservatory

    This summer, friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong had a chance to visit the Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto. These are some shots from the tropical and arid houses. This…

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    Tough Tropicals Make Great Thrillers in Fall Containers—Planting Plans

    While including tropicals in a fall container planting may seem unusual, the fiery oranges and flame reds of plants such as canna can be just the thing to celebrate autumn…

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    Tropical Escape in Virginia

    Today we’re visiting Bill Hewitt’s unusual garden in southeastern Virginia, which he has turned into a tropical escape very different from the norm in his area. And it is one…

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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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    Tropical Foliage for Sun and Shade

    Hot and humid Midwestern summers allow us to luxuriate in a taste of the tropics in the garden. Although tropical flowers in red, orange, and yellow can provide a fiery…