This is your last weekend to get in on the 183rd Philadelphia Flower Show. Unless you've been distracted lately, you know that this year the theme is Hawaii. You may have also noticed that despi... More »
It's easy to forget this, but some years the ground would still be frozen hard right now. Digging would be like chipping at bedrock, and any outdoor gardening projects would still be distant fant... More »
They blanket the lawns of older homes; small lavender flowers that seem to pop out of nowhere in the beginning of spring, and then disappear just as unobtrusively a few weeks later. They are Crocus t... More »
If you were a tree in Philadelphia, a lot of your friends-and a few of your frenemies-would be maples.
Maples are part of a large and diverse family, and many of them (even the non-natives) are very ... More »
. . . Or is it the London Plane tree? These two half siblings are difficult to tell apart, even by horticulturists.
The Sycamore is one of the largest native trees of the Eastern US, and is particula... More »
This story starts like so many others: The first of its species in America came to Philadelphia, to the Woodlands estate of William Hamilton in 1784. European botanists had been fascinated by the lege... More »
The official name for it is dendrolatry- the worship of trees. The Romans practiced it, although the Greeks preferred their deities to stay in the sky. Throughout history, many indigenous cultures all... More »
Nicole Juday started gardening when she became the owner of an overgrown yard and realized she didn’t know the names of anything growing in it. A desire to learn the basics of gardening eventually led to a career change, and the has worked in the horticultural field for more than a decade. Today she keeps chickens and bees, grows a lot of flowers, and writes and speaks about gardening and natural history. See what else she’s up to at www.nicolejuday.com.