Kiss the Earth Archive: April, 2012

Dr. Ruppel's bright spring beauty

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Looked all over the internet and found almost nothing on Dr. Ruppel, the hybridizer of this fabulous clematis. All I could find was "Argentina... Read more

The trick to a gorgeous summer garden

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It goes something like this: ornamentals plus edibles. Big trend, and nowhere have I seen it done better than at the PHS' City Harvest exhibit... Read more

Plenty of urban in this urban farm

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Here's urban farmer Annie Preston, wearing sunglasses after being stung by a bee on Monday, weeding at the Urban Tree Connection's farm at... Read more

Haddington terroir produces a great carrot

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This is Annie Preston, who's chosen "urban farmer" as her current and future profession. She helps manage a 3/4-acre organic farm at 53d and... Read more

Spotlight on the native redbud

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Our native redbud is getting more popular, thanks to the tree-planting programs so active in the city and region. Salutes to them, really.... Read more

Woolly pockets line the walls

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Vertical gardening, the "hot new trend" that's been around for awhile now, is taking an interesting turn with products like this one. It's... Read more

Reconsidering a weirdly named plant

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I used to dismiss fothergilla. Though intrigued by the name, I thought its flowers were boring. Then I met Steve Wright, curator of plant collections... Read more

The slow flower movement takes off

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You're familiar with the slow food movement. Now comes its slow flower cousin, a growing trend (in more ways than one!) toward locally grown... Read more