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Terrariums on the Skybridge in Seattle

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

  At Seattle's Northwest Flower & Garden Show last week, I shot photos of succulent container gardens on the skybridge, a glass-enclosed walkway. It wasn't until I downloaded the images that I realized most included terrariums. The display "Portholes in Time: Gardens on a Minor Scale" created the pleasantly weird feeling of viewing a window [...]

The Scent of Confederate Jasmine

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

This time of year, South Carolina's warm, moist air is fragrant with Confederate (star) jasmine, above, and robust gardenias like those in the garden below. I was there recently to address the Charleston Horticultural Society (CHS) on my specialty, designing with succulents. Naturally I wondered if I'd see any. The CHS arranged for me to stay [...]

The Sea-Sand Plants of Desire

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Every year, as Halloween approaches, I recall my visit to Professor Mordant's garden on the forbidden island of Desire. I call it forbidden because it was rumored to be an eerie, inhospitable place---a volcanic outcropping devoid of vegetation. Nothing like the mainland resort where I and other garden writers had been sunning ourselves in style. [...]