Entries by Emily Freehling

With a passion for sharing plant stories, Allan Armitage removes the mystery of growing plants

“Plants aren’t complicated, and gardening should be fun,” says Allan Armitage. Deciphering the pronunciation of a name like Centaurea cyanus probably isn’t the most welcoming way for a newbie to enter the world of plants. But telling a story about how this common roadside weed with fuzzy blue blossoms came to be known as “Bachelor’s […]

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Lamberton Conservatory shines at the holidays and beyond

[Reviewed and update December 2018] Towers of poinsettias and trees festooned with lights make Lamberton Conservatory glow against the cold nights of early winter in Rochester, N.Y.’s Highland Park. The conservatory’s Holiday Show is a popular tradition and setting for holiday photos. It’s one of the many benefits this conservatory, first built in 1911, provides its surrounding […]

Volunteers turn a public library landscape into an educational pollinator garden

Across the U.S., there’s a growing realization that pockets of public land that would otherwise house fertilizer- and water-dependent sod can be put to better use through the use of native plants. Pollinator gardens—landscapes designed to attract the bees, butterflies and birds that are necessary to plant life and food production—are becoming a popular project […]