October 15, 2017

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Delightful home gardens near Philadelphia

What a treat it was to visit several gardens in the Philadelphia/Brandywine Valley area that were actually personal home gardens.  Thanks to Marian St. Clair and Hortitopia tours, we got to see three of them last week.  This is where the real advantage of taking a tour with a professional pays off.  These gardens are not generally open to the public. david culp David is a garden designer, speaker and garden writer.  His recent book, The Layered Garden, is award-winning.  David…

Philadelphia – the birthplace of the American garden

I just got back from the most amazing tour of gardens!  I went with Marian St. Clair's Hortotopia tours with 27 other women to tour several public and private Philadelphia Gardens for one week.  What a great time! Philadelphia is truly the birthplace of American gardening.  John Bartram (1699-1777) was regarded as "the greatest natural botanist in the world" during his time.  He was a Quaker who's family farm was located just outside of Philadelphia.  Though he only completed a…