The Secret to Growing Perfect Plants

If, before visiting Louise Olson’s private home and garden, you were not a plant lover, you would, in all likelihood, become a plant lover before your visit was over. Olson, retired from a career in ...

Plants Are Like Children

Eight years ago, I planted several ‘Mystery’ gardenias. Today they are flourishing and will be covered with flowers all summer long. But I take no credit for their success. For most of th...

Plants Are Like People

Plants, no less than people, have distinct personalities. Some, such as columbine and love-in-a-mist, are forever merry and bright and it is always a delight to be in their presence. Others, such as ...

Vote for the Garden Party

A reader has chastised me for using this column as a platform for pontification. “Stick to gardening,” I have been advised. Well, I can keep it a secret no longer. Let this column serve n...

10% of our brains, 1% of our plants

For years, accepted wisdom held that we humans normally use only 10 percent of our brains. Recent research on the subject of brain utilization, however, considers this statistic a myth and maintains ...

Moth Orchids

My rabbi often assures me that there is a reason for everything, that there is really no such thing as an accident, that life only presents us with trials and tests that we are meant to pass, and tha...