The American Gardener

September/October 2023

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Features in this Issue

Wildlife-Friendly Groundcovers by Amy Ellsworth

Creating a living tapestry of low-growing native plants provides a healthy habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

All the Colors of a Green Space by Florence Nishida

The LA Green Grounds Teaching Garden brings the world together in South Los Angeles.

Captivating Toad Lilies by Bill Johnson

Once you get past the common name, the tiny, jewellike flowers of these shade-loving herbaceous perennials will enchant you.

Beautiful Barriers by Viveka Neveln

Protect the perimeters of your garden with prickly but pretty plants.

In Defense of Independent Plant Trials by Marianne Willburn

By examining data from independent plant trials nationwide, gardeners who do their homework are given a great advantage over those who select plants based solely on the growers’ descriptions.

Highlights from our Departments

News from the AHS

Highlights from the AHS’s National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, five books receive the 2023 Growing Good Kids Book Awards, three new Board members, 2024 destinations in the AHS’s Travel Study Program, AHS receives grant for new pathway at River Farm headquarters.

AHS News Special: Lifelong Learning Programs

Find out about the AHS’s new national educational offerings.

Garden Destinations

Great gardens and garden centers abound near Burlington, Vermont.

Insect Insights

Learn about the many contributions ants make in the environment.

Edible Gardening

Plenty of crops can be grown for harvesting well into fall.