Lourdes Osorio

winterberry

Winterberry

Most gardeners are familiar with evergreen hollies, a traditional plant used for holiday decorations with its glossy green leaves and stunning red berries. There are various species of hollies native to different areas of the world but the evergreen holly native to the eastern part of the US is American holly, or Ilex opaca. It …

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Oakleaf hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea: three seasons of beauty!

Imagine a large shrub beautifying the landscape for three seasons while requiring little maintenance and covering a large area, keeping it weed-free. Hydrangeas are popular garden shrubs beloved by gardeners. Unfortunately, the one most often grown—the mophead or French hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)—often causes gardeners heartaches when it fails to bloom because its buds succumb to …

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deer destroying forest

A Destruction, Dollars, Death and Disease: The Unsustainable NJ Deer Population – Statewide Emergency (Part 4)

This is the fourth in a series of four articles on New Jersey’s overabundant deer population, focusing on the damage to our ecosystems.  Links to the first three articles appear at the end of this article. Remember being in high school and having to debate or write a position paper?  To learn how to support …

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Anise hyssop

Native Spotlight: The sweet scent of anise hyssop

Anise hyssop Long-blooming, fragrant, and beneficial to bees and birds, anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is an awesome perennial for the garden. It has lovely lavender-colored flower spikes and begins blooming at the end of June, often continuing until the beginning of September. It grows in full sun and is adaptable to different soils, from average …

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Fawn in author's garden

Destruction, Dollars, Death and Disease: The Unsustainable NJ Deer Population-A Statewide Emergency (Part 3)

This is the third in a series of four articles on New Jersey’s overabundant deer population, focusing on health issues caused by deer. Part 1 focused on the deer population numbers and their impact on Laurelwood Arboretum. Click here for Part 1. Part 2 focused on the economic impact of deer across the state. Click …

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Deer Destruction

Destruction, Dollars, Death and Disease: The Unsustainable NJ Deer Population-A Statewide Emergency (Part 2)

Deer are beautiful, graceful animals and an important part of a healthy ecosystem when they occur in sustainable numbers. Unfortunately, New Jersey’s deer population is out of control and is impacting our pocketbooks in many ways.  This article examines some of the financial impacts of the failure to control the burgeoning deer population. Let’s begin …

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