Tag: Gardens and Gardening

New York Tries to Keep Cool

ImageCredit…Brendan McDermid/Reuters It’s not just hot outside. “Hot” is an understatement. It’s humid. It’s boiling. It’s unpleasant and even unhealthy. This summer in New York has been warmer than average, and this week is no different. August has been 2.4 degrees hotter than it would normally be so far, said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with […]

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For the Navajo Nation, a Fight for Better Food Gains New Urgency

THE NAVAJO NATION — When Summer Brown lived in Phoenix, she had no problem finding fresh produce. If the Sprouts supermarket near her home didn’t have what she was looking for, she would just drive somewhere else. This winter, Ms. Brown, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, moved back to her childhood home in […]

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U.S. Identifies Some of the Mysterious Seeds Mailed From China

A federal agency said it had identified 14 types of plants from unsolicited packages of seeds that appeared to have been mailed from China, revealing a “mix of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb and weed species.” Among the plant species botanists have identified so far: cabbage, hibiscus, lavender, mint, morning glory, mustard, rose, rosemary and […]

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How an Urban Flower Farmer Spends Her Sundays

Three years ago, Christina Clum left the corporate world to become an urban flower farmer. Her backyard in Kensington, Brooklyn, however, “is the size of a postage stamp,” she said. “And it doesn’t get good light.” So in February 2018, she put the word out to other Brooklyn residents about doing plantings in their yards. […]

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Melania Trump to Announce Plan to Revamp White House Rose Garden

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump, the first lady, will announce a plan on Monday to renovate the White House Rose Garden, a signature showcase of power used by presidents for decades, as her husband enters a crucial stretch of his re-election effort. The project, which includes electrical upgrades for television appearances, a new walkway and new […]

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Sultry Nights and Magnolia Trees: New York City Is Now Subtropical

It was the fig trees that tipped him off. Something was very unusual at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It was May in the early 2000s and Chris Roddick, the head arborist there, was making his rounds when he noticed a big mistake. Months ago, a gardener had forgotten to wrap the fig trees in burlap, […]

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As Summer Takes Hold, So Do the Jumping Worms

In decades of writing about gardening, I have covered outbreaks and subsequent attempts at control of many invasive pests, from the hemlock woolly adelgid to the emerald ash borer. But there’s one I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I learned of it in 2013. Coming soon to a backyard or a forest […]

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Tips on Buying Bulbs for Fall Planting

Shopping for flower bulbs: It’s one of the more joyful summertime garden chores, certainly better than dragging hoses and sprinklers around or keeping ahead of the most incorrigible weeds. Bulb catalogs and their corresponding websites have no shortage of enticing choices, and now is the time to order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting — or […]

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The Case Against Ghislaine Maxwell

ImageCredit…Lucas Jackson/Reuters Headlines about the sex-trafficking case involving Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide last August in one of the most explosive story lines of 2019, had faded amid this year’s torrent of world-shaking news. But the Epstein saga has burst back into the public discourse with the arrest of his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, in […]

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How to Create an Outdoor Room

If you are fortunate enough to have a terrace, a porch or some backyard space, spending a lot of time at home can be a much nicer experience. But how you design that space makes all the difference. “A lot of times, you’ll see a beautiful garden with very organized furniture, which looks pretty, but […]

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