An unapologetic plant geek shares advice and opinions on gardening, the contrived and the natural landscape, as well as occasional topics from the other side of the gate.

October 31, 2014

Even Weeds Don't Grow in the Pet Cemetery

     To my regular visitors who may have tuned in to read one of my annual Halloween stories, I apologize, I wasn't able to pull it off this year. I'm living my own drama at the moment, plus I have two articles past due, so writing for fun will have to wait. In the meanwhile, you can create your own stories from these photos I took this summer in Salida, Colorado. The pet cemetery is just outside of town, and Sherpa Girl K and I found it while on an early morning exploration. There was quite a bit or roadwork going on, and she got dirty looks from a highway worker when she quickly pulled to side of the road to indulge the photographer.

October 25, 2014

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

     Last week I was fortunate to attend the Perennial Plant Conference at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. This multi-sponsor event brings in a some of the brightest lights from the world of horticulture to speak, and it was well worth the registration fee and the drive. One of the best things about the conference is its setting. Swarthmore is a private college founded by Quakers, and an alumni's family set up an endowment to fund the Scott Arboretum. The entire campus sits within the arboretum, and there is some spectacular horticulture taking place there. I didn't know what was more enjoyable, the learning taking place indoors, or the inspiration taking place outside.

Limb Work

McGill Walk (2)

McGill Walk (3)

Metasequoia Allée

White Adirondacks (1)

Ginkgo biloba 'Saratoga' Espalier (2)

Oxydendrum arboreum

Shadow and Light

John W. Nason Garden (1)

John W. Nason Garden (4)

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (1)

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (6)

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (7)

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (9)

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (13)

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (23)

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (25)

John W. Nason Garden (3)

Justicia betonica with Coleus

Leymus arenarius and Strobilanthes

Scott Arboretum Entrance Garden (10)


     I found it somewhat ironic that while students at Swarthmore might be able to enjoy remarkable gardens just by opening a door, they cannot study horticulture, it is not part of the curriculum. The gardens are there only to enhance the educational experience. 

(If interested, the entire set of my photos from the Scott Arboretum can be found here.)