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

Spring is Brutal

                     

Ah, Spring—when this gardener gets a grip on his sharper hand tools:  Pruners, loppers, saws. 

 

True, Spring is when most of my plants can just start growing again, eager and unimpeded by Nature or the gardener.  But many—the favored ones, I think—each have a personal and even intimate Date with Louis.  Our little get-together is a combination visit to the beauty-parlor and the operating suite. 

 

Clipping, grooming, beheading, amputating:  It's all part of their lives at the Spa Chez Louis.  (For some, even cutting off at the knees isn't nearly fun enough:  We go all the way down to the ankles.)  And the plants love it, because for the rest of the season they never look more stylish, more voluptuous, more colorful, more casual—and yet, miraculously all the while, more in control.  

 

In these next few weeks, we'll visit some of my Spring, uhm, clients, I mean patients,  I mean victims—I mean stars—to see their make-overs up close.

 
 
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