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Shade adds tranquility to a garden

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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It’s a common lament: “My garden is shady and boring. All I can grow are hostas!”

I beg to differ. I delight in shady garden spaces — cool, tranquil places for people, and home for plenty of interesting plants.

Dick and I love to retreat, cup of tea in hand, to a favorite garden bench under the trees, a private outdoor room complete with leafy ceiling, richly patterned carpet and a view to the sunny border beyond.

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Gardeners, farmers beware: Light blight arrives in Vermont

Posted on July 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont (UVM) Plant Diagnostic Clinic has identified its first case of late blight this year. The fungus-like organism was discovered on July 7 on potato foliage on an organic farm in Hinesburg.

Although the disease can infect tomatillos, eggplants, peppers, petunias and other members of the potato family, in Vermont it has only been found on tomatoes and potatoes in recent years. Damage from Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen causing late blight in these crops, was especially widespread in 2009.

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Montreal Botanic Gardens is a destination that will please

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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We Vermonters are so lucky. Just three hours’ drive from Middlebury we can experience the world-renowned Montreal Botanical Gardens, a vast parkland in the heart of a major city.

From the three Cultural Gardens to numerous specialty display gardens, plus a hundred-acre arboretum (home to almost every species of tree capable of growing in Montreal’s climate), this 190-acre complex offers delightful and varied experiences for everyone. Here are some of my favorites:

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Garden expert offers tips on planting a new flower bed

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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We have all seen pictures in garden magazines of stunning flower beds full of gorgeous plants, and these same magazines often have useful design suggestions about how to choose and combine these plants in pleasing ways.

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Jessie Raymond: Gardener outwits gluttonous goats

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Ever since our two goats, Lucy and Jasper, decided that life inside a fence was just not for them, our yard has served as their all-you-can-eat buffet.

I’ve tried to pretend it’s no big deal. Every spring I tell myself maybe this year the goats will leave my flowerbeds alone. And every spring they eat everything — except the weeds, of course; goats have standards.

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2015 gardening trends reflect sustainability

Posted on May 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



Editor’s note: This piece was contributed by University of Vermont Extension Professor Leonard Perry.

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Tough Goshen winter can't stop the flowers

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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Spring comes gently to Goshen; even now, in late April, the woods are brown and the weather often chilly.

But by early May dainty ephemeral wildflowers — Spring Beauties, Dogs Tooth Violets, Bellwort, Trillium and Dutchman’s Breeches to mention some favorites — will blanket the forest floor as the delicate green veil gradually creeps up the mountainside.

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Goshen gardener welcomes spring

Posted on April 27, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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Spring comes gently to Goshen; even now, in late April, the woods are brown and the weather often chilly.

But by early May dainty ephemeral wildflowers — Spring Beauties, Dogs Tooth Violets, Bellwort, Trillium and Dutchman’s Breeches to mention some favorites — will blanket the forest floor as the delicate green veil gradually creeps up the mountainside.

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Landscape designer to give garden decor tips

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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NEW HAVEN — Judith Irven of Goshen, a landscape designer, garden writer and Vermont Certified Horticulturist, will talk about garden decoration in a presentation titled “From Classic to Whimsy” at the New Haven Community Library on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

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CloudFarm debuts 'K-cup for food'

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — At first glance, agriculture and computer technology don’t seem to have much in common.

But Middlebury entrepreneur Cam MacKugler says when paired together, they produce wonderful results. His startup business, CloudFarm, is aimed at introducing gardening to Millennials and others who may have an interest in locally sourced food.

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