Articles of Interest to Horticulturists, Conservationists, Bird Lovers, Composters and More!
Check out the Summer 2014 issue of Wellesley College's alumnae magazine (click here and scroll through to pages 20-27) to read about about accomplished landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, Welllesley Class of '73. Her thirty some odd years of work with both private and public clients (Harvard Arboretum, the Massachusetts Horticulture Society among others) has allowed her to hone her vocation of "shaping landscapes into places of beauty and inspiration, whether it's a tiny Cambridge backyard, a lakeside public park in Toronto, or a pine-needled path in the woods." She is also the author of several well-received books, including Landscaping Ideas That Work and The Inward Garden: Creating A Place of Beauty and Meaning.
Here's a list of Julie Moir Messervy's most enchanting gardens. How many have you visited?
Did you know that there have been more than 17,00o kinds of apples in America? Take a look at this October article from The New York Times about Dan Bussey, a college dropout and restaurant supply salesman, who has made it is life's work to record this amazing number of varities in a seven volume encyclopedia set to start coming out this January.
Many of these apples were seedlings: chance crosses with a bee as the breeder. (The farmer, naturally, took the credit.) An apple seed won’t replicate the parent plant. The named apples grow as clonal cuttings, fused to hardy rootstocks. In this fashion, 19th-century tree peddlers spread the latest fads. University pomologists developed regional favorites. America has seldom suffered from a shortage of apples.
This fascinating article ends with suggestions of places to visit to buy some of these delicious and forgotten varieties along with nurseries where you can purchase your very own tree.