Author: Robert F. Polomski

Summersweet

Summer heat and humidity cause folks to think about escaping to swimming pools, lakes, mountain retreats, and beaches. If your home is your sanctuary, then find refuge in your garden with our native...

American Wisteria

Whenever I encounter an introverted gardener, I engage them in conversation with this question: What wisteria do you recommend for my backyard? Expect to hear either one of these perspectives. On...

Wild or False Indigo

Wild or false indigo (Baptisia species) is the perfect Mother’s Day gift, whether your Mom is a newbie, seasoned green-thumber, or someone who simply enjoys flowers that come back year after year...

Florida Anise

Unlike other native shrubs and trees that have become the darlings of nationwide advertising campaigns, Florida anise-tree (Illicium floridanum) struggles to achieve widespread interest. This...

Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

When I encounter paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) in late summer, I hear Tom Petty singing his 1981 release of “The Waiting”, where he sings that “waiting is the hardest part.” That’s what...

NICH: An Organization that helps Consumer Horticulture find its niche

If you’re a member of one of the 84 million households in the U.S. who’s actively engaged in gardening and landscaping activities, I encourage you to become a member of NICH (rhymes with pitch): the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture. The term Consumer Horticulture may appear foreign to you, but it encompasses the wide range of “gardening” activities that occur indoors and out,...

Indoor Plants

During the cold, dreary days of winter, it’s really important to bring color inside the home. Joining me today is Bill Head, co-owner of Head-Lee Nursery, and Bill and I are going to be...

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