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: Variegated Horsechestnut in Bud


A month ago, the overwintering buds of the variegated horsechestnut were sealed tight against still-freezing weather. Young foliage has emerged from the side buds but, as hoped, the much-larger terminal bud has developed into a panicle of flowers-to-be. So it did, indeed, need to be larger. It had been protecting a bigger volume and complexity of nascent structure: all those flowerbuds.


In the warmth of the coming days, the foliage as well as the flowerbuds of this Aesculus x carnea 'Aureovariegata' will both mature quickly. Stay tuned for their next close-up.


Here's how to grow variegated horsechestnut.

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