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April 1, 2016

I readily admit that forsythia seems to irritate more people than it inspires. The big bright yellows erupt before most other shrubs have even had a chance to bud.


Used with a certain amount of discretion forsythia has a place in the 4 season garden. Tuck it into your...

March 29, 2016

I'm not shy about pinching other people's good ideas.  Whenever I am stuck or uninspired there is one book that I always reach for first; Architecture In The Garden by James van Sweden.


van Sweden is one of the co-founders (along with Wolfgang Oehme) of Oehme van Swede...

March 22, 2016

I think we planted at least 10,000 daffodils last fall and at long last our clients are finally getting their money's worth. The undisputed champion of the Narcissus family, daffodils are the easiest way to add life to the early spring garden. There are hundreds of cul...

March 14, 2015

Luchi and I go through a couple of cords of hardwood every winter.  That produces about 60LBS of ash per season.  Instead of carting it off to the dump a great place to use it is in the garden.  While most of the nitrogen gets burned off during the fire, the ashes are...

March 7, 2014

     A full grown deer needs to consume about 10 LBS. of leaves, shoots, flowers and twigs to get through the day. They often travel in groups and can do an incredible amount of damage in just one evening. Over the next year I will share some tips on how you can encour...

February 24, 2014

     The unusually cold weather we have been having in the north eastern United States has got us wondering about hardiness. Sweetbay has a paticular fondness for Lagerstroemia indica (the common Crapemyrtle) and we have the plant on a number of our proj...

February 8, 2014

Like everybody else in this business Sweetbay has an extensive library of design books. I tend to take them off the shelf whenever I feel stuck or uninspired. Throughout the year I'll share some of our favorite sources with you. Some of these books are available from b...

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