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The Inner Gardener shares her secrets

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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This time of year it’s easy to have garden-envy, especially if you’re just starting a landscaping or gardening project of your own.

When you drive around, do you notice the beautiful, well-established gardens hugging other peoples’ homes, bursting with native foliage, well-timed blooms and a mysterious sense of effortlessness? And then look at your shovel, bags of compost, weed-covered lawn and wonder ? egads! How do I begin?

Well, there’s good news. You don’t have to do it alone.

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Bleeding hearts bring grace to spring gardens

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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Everyone loves Bleeding Hearts, with their delicate flowers — each reminiscent of a little pink heart with a tiny drop of blood dripping from it — that are perfectly complimented by mounds of dainty fern-like leaves. They bloom in mid-spring, once the weather is settled and winter’s chill is out of the ground.

There are actually several kinds of Bleeding Hearts and their near relatives — all of which make delightful plants for the spring garden.

Fringed Bleeding Hearts

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Think spring! Color and blossom return to Vermont gardens

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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As I started to write this ? on the first day of April no less ? we were in the midst of a crazy late-winter blizzard. But already the snow has started to recede, and I am happily anticipating the beautiful flowers of spring. 

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Late winter pruning: The perfect antidote for cabin fever

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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Late winter is cabin fever season; after months of indoor living we find ourselves yearning for spring, and we can surely be forgiven for grumbling about Vermont’s recent March blizzard.

Wikipedia describes cabin fever as “a claustrophobic reaction from being confined in a small space for an extended period of time, resulting in extreme irritability and restlessness, often accompanied by an urge to go outside, even in rain, snow, dark or hail.” I certainly understand the urge to get outdoors, but I prefer to skip the rain, dark and hail.

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The foundation of a beautiful garden

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Designing a lovely garden is an eminently visual process, akin to painting a picture with plants. We may even conjure up images of  'plein-air' artists like Claude Monet, working outdoors in diffuse natural light, carefully mixing their paints as they recreated their own mesmerizing gardens on canvas. 

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'Snow' returns in springtime as serviceberry blossoms

Posted on May 5, 2016 |
By Judith Irven



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Serviceberries are beautiful little understory trees that flourish along the hedgerows of our backcountry roads. For most of the year they are completely anonymous. Then, one spring morning, almost like magic they burst out of the shadows to cover themselves with delicate white flowers — it is like snow in springtime!

Serviceberries bloom before the forest leafs out. So it is an unforgettable sight on a misty spring morning to see this lacy white veil peeking out from under the still bare canopy of taller maple and ash.

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The hidden gardens of Middlebury

Posted on September 28, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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The success of any garden is measured by the pleasure it brings to the people who use it. And, when many people use a garden, there is much pleasure to go around.

Hidden behind the walls of the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury is a garden that is enjoyed by hundreds of people in sundry ways. It is a garden that serves the entire Helen Porter community — not only the residents and their visitors, but also the many staff and volunteers associated with the nursing home.

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Winners of Middlebury Garden Club's Roadside Attraction Awards pictured

Posted on August 31, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Garden Club has announced the winners of its annual Roadside Attractions Awards. These accolades recognize gardens cultivated by people around the county who are not members of the club.

The theme for all these gardens is that they can be enjoyed from the road while passing by in a car or on foot.

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Shade adds tranquility to a garden

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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It’s a common lament: “My garden is shady and boring. All I can grow are hostas!”

I beg to differ. I delight in shady garden spaces — cool, tranquil places for people, and home for plenty of interesting plants.

Dick and I love to retreat, cup of tea in hand, to a favorite garden bench under the trees, a private outdoor room complete with leafy ceiling, richly patterned carpet and a view to the sunny border beyond.

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Gardeners, farmers beware: Light blight arrives in Vermont

Posted on July 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont (UVM) Plant Diagnostic Clinic has identified its first case of late blight this year. The fungus-like organism was discovered on July 7 on potato foliage on an organic farm in Hinesburg.

Although the disease can infect tomatillos, eggplants, peppers, petunias and other members of the potato family, in Vermont it has only been found on tomatoes and potatoes in recent years. Damage from Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen causing late blight in these crops, was especially widespread in 2009.

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