Home & Garden


January/February 2020

Horticulture Magazine

United States
Active Interest Media
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6 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

As has been the case for a number of years now, this Horticulture issue, the first of the year, celebrates public gardens. I always enjoy working on the content of our public-gardens issue because it’s a reminder of the important, varied roles that these institutions play. In this issue’s features, we take virtual visits to three diverse sites: Green Spring Gardens, a historic estate turned public park in Virginia (page 30); Lan Su Chinese Garden, a relatively small botanic garden in a downtown Pacific Northwest setting (page 22); and Le Jardin Secret, an imaginative space hidden behind high walls in the midst of bustling Marrakesh, Morocco (page 46). Though these gardens are far apart in locations and styles, they all play the deeper roles for which we turn to such places:…

1 min.

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4 min.
roots of legend

LAMAR BUMBAUGH knew where the ginseng grew—but he wasn’t telling. This portly herbalist, rare bookseller and pure Pennsylvania Dutchman was known locally as Mountain Bummy. His antiquarian store on the main street in Kutztown was a trove of Pennsylvania German culture. The Pennsylvania Dutch aren’t Dutch—they’re Deutsch, the German name for Germans. Most originally emigrated from Swabia in southwest Germany, near Munich. So no wooden shoes or windmills, but plenty of southern German accent. If you visit the Pennsylvania Dutch country today, you can still see folks driving horses and buggies and hear old-timers speaking that same German dialect—nearly 300 years after their forebears came here. The Dutch don’t change much. It took me several years of begging, promising that I’d never tell a soul and befriending him before Bummy finally agreed…

3 min.
niki’s top picks

A BIG PART OF THE FUN of growing my own food is trying new varieties every year. I look for those that have more disease resistance, larger yields, excellent flavor or other outstanding characteristics. Here are four vegetables you should grow in 2020. ‘Picolino’ cucumber, a disease-resistant hybrid, was a knockout in my 2019 raised beds and polytunnel, producing a heavy crop of crisp cocktail-size cucumbers. The skin is smooth and thin—no need to peel it. For best quality, harvest the fruits at four to five inches long. As a year-round vegetable gardener I’m always on the lookout for delicious crops that can be harvested into late fall and winter. I have a new favorite cold-season kale with the introduction of ‘Mars Landing’. This beautiful variety has glossy purple-bronze foliage with toothed…

1 min.
winter checklist

Sow. I sow seeds for globe artichokes under my grow lights in mid-February. It’s not a typical crop in my northern region, but short-season varieties like ‘Imperial Star’ and ‘Colorado Star’ provide a good yield of plump artichokes from mid-July through autumn. Early sowing gives the seedlings plenty of time to size up by May, when I can plant them in the garden. Sow more. I use my grow lights and a sunny windowsill in winter to grow healthful shoots and microgreens, and I also grow sprouts in jars on my kitchen counter. For a continual supply, I start new jars of sprouts every week or two, and sow seeds for shoots and microgreens every two to three weeks. My favorites include sunflower and broccoli shoots, arugula microgreens and alfalfa sprouts. Organize.…

1 min.
frederik meijer gardens & sculpture park

SCULPTURE AND horticulture are presented in combination at this Grand Rapids, Mich., destination in a way that makes both art forms approachable and easy to fully appreciate. In the internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park, dozens of works by renowned sculptors such as Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Roy Lichtenstein and Louise Bourgeois are set amid a variety of natural landscapes. Each is placed so that visitors discover it from various distances and vantage points. Meijer Gardens comprises a number of distinct gardens ranging from manicured to naturalistic and ornamental to edible. The 132-acre grounds house Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory, an expansive children’s garden, a carnivorous plant house and a perennial garden that interprets traditional English border design with native North American plants, among other gardens. FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK is located in…