Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Virginia Smith

Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, worked as a reporter at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Ohio – with six short months at the end of the Bulletin tossed in – before returning to Philadelphia in 1985 to join the Inquirer. Her favorite beats here have included Center City, roving around Pennsylvania (and getting paid for it!) and alternative medicine. She’s also been City Editor and Pennsylvania Editor. Ginny has been happily writing – and learning - about gardening fulltime since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.”

 
Read Virginia A.'s blog Blog Kiss the Earth
Latest post: The wreaths are alive - 05/09/2014
  Email Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com
Here are plantsman Lacy's suggestions for unusual plants to replace more common choices. They can usually be found at garden centers or online:
Do not get Allen Lacy going on the subject of Bradford pear trees or forsythia bushes unless you want to get an earful.
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