January/February 2017 Issue
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Features in this Issue:
Here’s a look at some new introductions for the coming year.
Libraries Go to Seed by Eva Monheim
Along with books and other media, public libraries are adding seeds to their catalogs as a way to preserve genetic diversity and boost gardening know-how.
The Secret Language of Plants by Pam Larsen
Plants may be unable to run away from predators, yet many species use airborne chemical messages to defend themselves and warn neighboring plants of danger.
Statuesque Perennials by C. Colston Burrell
These stately bloomers provide dramatic contrasts and seasonal color to gardens of every size.
Create a Miniature Rock Garden by Caitlin Atkinson
Add natural style to your home this winter with a rock-and-sand landscape inspired by traditional Japanese rock gardens.
Highlights from our Departments
Traveler's Guide to Gardens: Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, Baltimore, Maryland
Opened in 1888, Rawlings is one of the oldest glass conservatories in the United States. The impressive Palm House and Orchid Room have been enhanced with new Mediterranean, Tropical, and Desert Houses.
Homegrown Harvest: Rhubarb
A great perennial vegetable, this is a colorful and tangy harbinger of spring.
Habitat Network online tools, tomatoes two weeks early, plant blindness, "bomb-sniffing" plants.
Compost for a cause.
Lights for long winter nights, from our Contributing Editor, Rita Pelczar.
Reviews of In Praise of Poison Ivy and Plant: Exploring the Botanical.
The AHS has a new website address at www.ahsgardening.org, the AHS and Cornell reissue guide to kids' gardens, AHS member seed exchange, Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium, Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, get your community involved with America in Bloom, AHS Spring Garden Market.