First Cactus Confidence

Michelle Sutton on growing beauties indoors.


Creating Places of Peace and Joy

Landscape Design Strategies with Bloom's Liz Elkin
Liz Elkin founded Bloom Landscape and Fine Gardening Service ("Bloom") in 2008 in New Paltz, where she lives with her husband of ten years, Matthew, and their two children: Tahlia, age six, and Jonah, age three.


The Tastiest Bulb: Garlic Growing with Suzanne Kelly of Green Owl Garlic

Owls are auspicious for Rhinebeck garlic farmer Suzanne Kelly and many members of her family. "They are our family totem," she says. When she began her operation two years ago, it was natural for her to name the business.


Lessons from The Hills: Gardening on Rocky and Steep Slopes

The Hills neighborhood of Port Ewen was created in the mid-1980s by blasting bluestone outcroppings that overlook the historic Rondout waterfront in Kingston. Nearby is a bluestone quarry, one of many that provided the principal material for the construction of New York City's sidewalk system in the late 19th and early 20th century.


What We Learn from Public Gardens

Be they world-class or regional and scrappy, there is so much one can learn from public gardens.


Tree Care Fundamentals: Q&A with Arborist Phil DiLorenzo

A good arborist will, while on your property, assess the health of your cherished trees and be on the lookout for future problems that can be averted. That will save you money in the end.


Deer, Roots, and New Sensations

Advice for Plant Shoppers
What specifically should we be looking for when we buy annuals, perennials, shrubs, or trees?


Pollen, We Have a Problem

Considering Allergenic Plants
The Hudson Valley is sometimes referred to as "Sinus Valley" because of the prevalence of allergies here. Until recently, I never considered the allergenic potential of the trees and shrubs I planted—and when I asked some of my colleagues in the region, it was clear it wasn't on their radar, either. Why does it matter?


16th Annual Spring Garden Day: “Beauty & The Feast”

Featuring keynote author and gardening guru Margaret Roach, master gardeners are leading 16 unique classes on April 18 at SUNY Ulster.


Botanical Nomenclature

Sexy (and a Little Convoluted)
Much is revealed, and often mellifluously, from the small package that is the Latin name.


The Berry Best

Michelle Sutton explores this season's ornamental shrubs.


Indoor Plants

A brief huddle with Mohonk's Cheryl Hearty.
Mohonk Mountain House Greenhouse Grower Cheryl Hearty talks about her past and present experience with horticulture and offers advise to readers on how they can optimize growth of indoor plants in their homes.


Horticultural Mothership

Cornell Cooperative Extension
New York's land-grant institution and hub for extension is Cornell. The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides a humble beacon for gardeners in our state and a vast amount of information on horticulture.


Keeping Your Annuals in Bloom

Pinch Me Again and Again, and I Will Reward You
Michelle Sutton offers advice on pruning annuals and perennials to keep them fresh.


Variegation: The Spice of Plant Life

Michelle Sutton on how to make the most of plants with imperfect leaves.



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Math Circle @ Tivoli Free Library

Math Circle

Fri., Feb. 5, 4-5:30 p.m. — Families with children of all ages are invited to join us one...
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Board Games for Kids

Fri., Feb. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. — Tapple, Munchkin, Fluxx, Exploding Kittens & more! For kids ages 8 and...

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