Archive | Plant Science

Phytoremediation: Overview and Opportunities

by Steven Rock The following Foreword to Phyto: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design, Routledge, June 2015, is reprinted with permission of the author. People have deliberately grown plants to alter their environment for at least millennia. The Roman roads were lined with poplar trees to both provide shade and to keep the […]

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Mystery Plant Identification

Plant Identification Challenge Solved Thank you to the many readers who responded to the June Plant Identification Challenge. Glenn White, New Jersey, was the only entry to correctly identify Ixeris stolonifera, or creeping lettuce. Ixeris stolonifera is listed in the Natural Resources Conservation Services’ (NRCS) PLANTS Database as introduced throughout Delaware and New Jersey and in […]

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Gathering Gardeners’ Knowledge

by Dr. Noel Kingsbury Dr. Kingsbury, British plantsman and author, presents “Plant Morphology: Guide to Predicting Plant Performance” at an ELA Intensive Workshop, November 20, 2015 at Longwood Gardens. Many gardeners and garden and landscape design professionals are frustrated by the limited amount of information given in plant reference books, particularly about the long-term performance […]

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Pollutant Purging Plants!

Using phytotechnologies to clean up contaminated soils and groundwater by Kate Kennen Ms. Kennen presents “Phytoremediation: Pollutant Purging Plants” at an ELA Intensive Workshop, November 20, 2015 at Longwood Gardens. So, you’ve had the soil tested and it’s not good news. Can plants help remediate your site’s contaminants? Cost-effective phytotechnology (phytoremediation) plantings can be effective in […]

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Book Review: The Allergy-Fighting Garden

Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping Written by Thomas Leo Ogren Published by Ten Speed Press, 2015 Reviewed by Tom Benjamin Do you or does someone you know or care about suffer from seasonal allergies? Here’s an important point to consider when designing or simply inhabiting the landscape around you: In the past ten […]

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