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March 26, 2020
Remember the danger of sudden spring frosts and wait to set out your tender annuals.
March 19, 2020
Do not take risks by setting out your annual plants too soon.
March 12, 2020
Frost dates are very important.
March 5, 2020
Many of us with clay soil complain loudly about it, and it’s true that gardens with clay soil can be hard to dig. Nonetheless, it has its virtues.
March 2, 2020
Explore the Jewish spring holiday of Purim, a commemoration of the Book of Esther. Purim celebrations are best known today for their gift-giving, wild costume parties, and delicious hamentashen. The story of Esther was also the inspiration for a number of musical works, as we will see.
February 20, 2020
The whole garden looks better if plants are deadheaded, so it is a good thing.
February 17, 2020
Musical tales from the gods of Mount Olympus
February 13, 2020
In February, it is appropriate to think about roses.
February 6, 2020
The earliest iris to bloom is the petite Iris reticulata.
January 30, 2020
Hosack realized the need for a public garden as a research facility for medical scientists and their students.
January 23, 2020
Quite a number of flowering annuals can be started by sowing their seeds directly into the garden.
January 16, 2020
Before long, some of the earliest flowers to bloom will be stirring in our gardens.
January 13, 2020
This week, the third in a series of four programs that explore canons and fugues from the earliest written music to J.S. Bach. Join us for “round three,” with catches, canzonas, and a certain infamous canon.
January 9, 2020
Here are some interesting things said by some interesting people. Plus, my personal advice to you in January.
January 2, 2020
Lindsay was the Grande Dame of gardening in a time when ladies did not have professional careers.
December 26, 2019
Thomas Church (1902-78) was a garden designer whose style was a response to California's specific type of lifestyle and climate.
December 23, 2019
Our guest this hour is harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton, one of the foremost practitioners of historical harp, who joins me for a program featuring the soundtrack to her short documentary film The Harps in the Trees, which tells the story of a musical pilgrimage to Scotland by her ensemble Angelorum.
December 19, 2019
This winter I have been reading some garden writers’ words of wisdom, which now I will share with you.
December 12, 2019
Just one rose floating in a small bowl, presented with a heartfelt message, written or verbal, will be treasured.
December 9, 2019
Tired of jingle bells yet? This week on Harmonia, join us for something a little different.
December 5, 2019
Most of us are familiar with the old-fashioned, white mop-head blossoms of the popular hydrangea variety ‘Annabelle.’
November 28, 2019
Sometimes soil can be just slightly acid or neutral with a PH of 6 or 7 and you will get a mix of both pink and blue flowers on the same plant.
November 21, 2019
Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful as well as durable shrubs in our gardens.
November 18, 2019
Gratitude is a theme often explored in early music, and we’ll hear expressions of thanks from a variety of sources on this edition of Harmonia.
November 14, 2019
In 2019, The New York Botanical Garden mounted an exhibit honoring Brazil’s greatest landscape designer 25 years after his death: “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx.”
November 7, 2019
Male hummers are extremely aggressive. They even stab each other!
October 31, 2019
David Austin was fond of saying that a rose without a fragrance is only half a rose.
October 24, 2019
I grow more iris than I used to because deer leave them alone, and I’ve discovered that there are many things I did not know about these flowers.
October 17, 2019
I have been planting more white flowers recently because I already have so many other colored flowers that bloom in my yard across the growing seasons.
October 10, 2019
If you are looking for more natives to plant in your shady spots this fall, consider our native North American foamflower.
September 26, 2019
It is important for gardeners to know their hardiness zone.
September 19, 2019
Perennials are plants that, hopefully, return in our gardens each spring after being dormant during the winter.
September 12, 2019
Nasturtiums can make pretty cut flowers.
September 5, 2019
Even just one flower stuck in a bottle makes me feel happy!
September 1, 2019
Sully reads “We Always Ate the Kraut Pierogi First” and “I Don’t Know How to Use Sundials, but I Appreciate That Shadows Have Things to Tell Us.”
August 29, 2019
Plants benefit from growing in good soil, and the addition of compost is an effective way to condition it.
August 25, 2019
Robert Parsons, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal
August 22, 2019
Common names of plants vary greatly, but officially, each plant has two Latin names.
August 15, 2019
Blue is such a calming shade and happily combines with any other color.
August 8, 2019
Thanks to many years of dedicated plant hybridizing, it is now possible to have four seasons of color in our gardens.
August 1, 2019
Water features are commonplace in formal gardens.
July 28, 2019
Sully reads “April Is National Celery Month” and “Five Ways of Looking at My Own Body.”
July 28, 2019
Join us for music by a Czech violinist and composer who was sought after by Haydn and Beethoven, in the same freemasons’ lodge as Mozart, and very much a star of the Vienna musical scene.
July 21, 2019
The Warbling Chalumeau
July 14, 2019
The Musical World of Johannes Ciconia
July 11, 2019
When I began gardening, my aim was to have as many flowers as possible, but the longer I garden the more I appreciate the impact of colorful foliage.
July 7, 2019
The Songs of Salamone Rossi
July 4, 2019
Experienced gardeners know that benign neglect results in an unkempt garden.
July 1, 2019
WLS reads "Funeral for Now," "On the last day there was snow," "Prayer to the Saint of Loss," and "Poem in the Form of Anger."
June 30, 2019
David Brent Johnson speaks with writer and documentarian Sam Stephenson, about what’s inspired him to create his unique, prize-winning brand of cultural research.
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