Monthly Archives: February 2012

Perennials that Wow the Crowd

Kniphofia ‘Echo Mango’

As Spring nears, there’s no better time to showcase the newest stars of the perennial world. What makes certain plants stand out as they walk down the red carpet and into your garden? The Perennial Diva Stephenie Cohen gives the play by play as the stars strut their stuff.

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Lecturing Liberty on Food Security


I lectured a statue of liberty on food. Not the same Lady Liberty who greeted many of our ancestors as they came to Ellis Island, but fittingly, a hot air-filled replica. The real Lady Liberty holds out hope for a better life of justice, freedom and democracy. We need to work for those qualities in our food system, now.

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Plant and Punk Love Connections


So it’s Valentines Day.  You might imagine that I’m not thinking about chocolate.  Here’s a nod to both the music and plants I love. What a better time to play matchmaker between punk rock plants and punk rock music? I’m starting with my favorites rather than listing upside down David Letterman style. Each plant here […]

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I Adopted a Butterfly


A customer of Erica’s found a butterfly had hatched in her Christmas tree. What to do? But of course, Erica took the sweet swallowtail home with her. What a totally magnificent thing, a butterfly. We watch them flutter by in our summer gardens, but what a treat to have the opportunity to see her up close, really observe.

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