Category Archives: GARDENS & GARDENING

My Friends’ Gardens

FROM THE SUNNY SANDS of Far Rockaway in eastern Queens to the backyards of Brooklyn and the Upper West Side, from the Connecticut shore to the Long Island beachfront, many of my friends are enthusiastic amateur gardeners, and often share photos … Continue reading

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Behold the Lilies

CONSIDER THE LILIES of the field, and let’s not forget the hydrangeas, ladies’ mantel, astilbe, verbena and other things… July here at Green Half-Acre is turning out OK after all. Lilies — whether fancy ones from a catalogue, yard sale … Continue reading

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Showtime in the Garden

THERE’S A SENSE AROUND HERE (in my head, that is) that my Long Island garden is already peaking at this early stage of the game. Memorial Day and the week following are spearheaded each year, I now know, by the pinkish-purple … Continue reading

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Ten Days in May

HERE’S HOW MY LONG ISLAND, N.Y., GARDEN looks now, with the trees nearly all leafed out for the season, following a night and a day of blessed rain. As recently as two weeks ago, it still felt like very early … Continue reading

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Brooklyn the Beautiful: Dogwood Town

THIS MAY DAY in Brooklyn is a drizzly one. Still, Brooklyn’s brownstone streets are exquisite in spring. Don’t tell anyone… they may decide to move here in droves. Dogwoods have been in their prime these past couple of weeks, lighting … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Chanticleer’s The Art of Gardening

I FEEL DISLOYAL saying this, but I have a favorite public garden, and it’s not the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — as much as the BBG is a local treasure and a restorative for my spirit in all seasons. It’s Chanticleer … Continue reading

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Fall Garden Report: With a Little Help from My Friends

ALL GARDENING ALL THE TIME… that’s how I spent September and October at my beach-house property in Springs, N.Y., before cold nights forced me back to the big city. I devoted last spring mostly to home improvements, while my garden ambitions … Continue reading

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