Louis Raymond experiments in his own gardens like

a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have

never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.- The Boston Globe

…Louis Raymond ensures that trees can grow in Brooklyn…

or just about any other place where concrete consumes

the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.- USA Today


NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.


NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


Plant Profiles

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: 'Jolly Tiger' Fig



The one nursery in North America that offered the sensationally-variegated 'Jolly Tiger' fig closed a couple of years ago. Sigh. But a new friend saw my coverage of my own tree, and wrote in hopes I could spare some cuttings.  Figs root easily.


Even in the subtropical climates figs favor, the trees drop their leaves for the Winter.  But leafless doesn't mean lifeless: The young stems are green through-and-through.




Wrapped up in a damp paper towel, slipped into a self-sealing freezer bag and then into a Priority Mail envelope, these cuttings of Ficus carica 'Jolly Tiger' could ship anywhere on the continent. My new friend lives in nearby New York City, so the transit is particularly quick.




This Summer, I hope to show pictures of some of these cuttings, rooted and leafed-out. 'Jolly Tiger' may not yet be available again commercially, but from these six cuttings, ten or more new trees could be created.


One way or another, great plants find their fans.


Here's at look at this tree's exciting warm-weather foliage, as well as how to grow it. 

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