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One of the reasons I love public horticulture is the opportunity for new experiences. This past Saturday afforded me just that. We had a booking for a private tour for a group with visual impairments. I did my best to prepare for this unusual engagement, but in the end I was left surprised and pleased while wholly out of my depth. They taught me that bright colors are best. To say "look at your 12 o'clock" instead of "look ahead" .
Nine years after Wisner House was built at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit, New Jersey, two enterprising plant collectors and growers purchased land less than two miles away. Their names were John Lager and George Hurrell, and they had just taken the first step towards turning Summit into the de facto orchid capital of the United States.
For 81 years, the owners and staff of Lager and Hurrell collect...
August is upon us and with it brings not only the hum of Dog Day Cicadas (Tibicen canicularis), but fabulous summer flowers and the bugs who love them. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) has kindly allowed me to use it as a model in many of the following shots.