Dump Transformed into Park


Image Courtesy of CBS News

Staten Island’s Freshkills Park was once the world’s largest landfill, a dumping ground for New York City’s abundant heaps of garbage. Eloise Hirsh, administrator of Freshkills Park and president of the Freshkills Park Alliance, was tasked with transforming those hundreds of acres of compiled garbage into an enormous, activity-filled public space. Read more.


Summer Garden Tips

Refresh your summertime garden with these chores and ideas

Summer Garden Tips
Janet Loughrey

During the dog days of summer, there’s plenty to do in the garden. With a bit of planning, you can make the best use of your time by prioritizing what needs to be done. Schedule regular time to check off those chores on your to-do list so that you don’t get overwhelmed. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Grill up some dinner, invite friends, relax and enjoy your outdoor oasis. Read the tips published in Garden Design Magazine.

Biltmore International Rose Trials


Max Cooper Photography

The Biltmore International Rose Trials provide an opportunity for all types of breeders – from novice to professional – to test their selections for two and a half years in a very public setting. The trials are sited at the Biltmore’s lavish and large rose garden, in complete view to the multitude of people who visit each year. Read more

Spring at Bartlett Arboretum


Several years ago, I woke up early one morning and decided to go see the tulips at Bartlett Arboretum. It’s one of those adventures that is hard to schedule. It all depends on when spring arrives in Belle Plaine, Kansas. Plus, it has to be a day when the gardens are open for visitors. And, of course, it’s best if it isn’t raining. Fortunately, I picked a good day and had the pleasure of meeting Robin Macy, founding member of the Dixie Chicks. I loved hearing her story of how she happened upon Bartlett Arboretum and ended up buying the property. Read more.