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Feb
26
2014

Welcome to the Kral Garden

  Ten years ago when the ACS visited my garden it was on two thirds of an acre. In 2008, however, I acquired an adjacent lot of about 14,000 square feet so attendees to September’s NER Annual Meeting will be visiting a considerably different site. My original gardens were mostly under the high deciduous shade of…

Jan
29
2014

A Winter’s Tale

Whenever I meet someone for the first time and we get to talking about what we do, if this person is not a gardener, when they learn that I maintain a four-acre conifer collection at Cornell University, inevitably the next question is, “What do you do in winter time?” Maybe one of the best parts…

Jan
20
2014

Welcome to My Garden

  Aunt Carole loved two things: gardening and cooking. But she hated flowers. My house in Rochester, NY, is a tiny urban Tudor on less than an acre of land that used to belong to her. In the far backyard she planted a small but unique Japanese-style garden, hidden from cursory view by a rectangular…

Dec
16
2013

Welcome to The Vista Garden

Before there were conifers, there were fish. Maybe not in geologic time but at least since 1989 when I moved from Queens, NY, to Stone Mountain, GA, to start a custom design aquarium company, Just Add Water. I had never even owned a house plant until 1997 when my wife Kimberly and I bought this…

Dec
8
2013

Eddie’s Legacy

If you are a collector, chances are you have at least one conifer in your garden that bears Ed Rezek’s name — or whose origin can be traced back to him. Rezek was one of the remarkable plantsmen who helped popularize dwarf conifers in North American horticulture and was a founder of ACS. As we…

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