Tag : Elvin McDonald

I Wrote a Book!

I Wrote a Book!

I have always dreamed of writing a book, but wondered if it would happen. Last spring, I was asked on Twitter by an acquisition editor for Cool Springs Press if I wanted to write a houseplant book, and the rest is history. Thank you Twitter! (I’ve won quite a few

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A Glance Into the Past Year and Looking Forward To The New Year

A Glance Into the Past Year and Looking Forward To The New Year

As 2016 comes to a close, I looked back at all the wonderful places I was able to visit this year. In January I was able to attend the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition and I was in heaven! Houseplants everywhere! We even were given barrettes for our hair with succulents.

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The Gardener’s Show House

The Gardener’s Show House

I loved the conservatory at The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, but my favorite area was the Gardener’s Show House. As I mentioned before, the show house was designed by Elvin McDonald. It was opened in 2007 and I think you will see how special it is. I love the use

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Meeting Elvin

Meeting Elvin

I have, for many years, wanted to meet Elvin McDonald. Who is that, you may ask. Yet, if you like houseplants, as I am assuming you do, since you are reading this blog, you have to know who Elvin McDonald is. He has written over 75 books, many of them

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Tassel Ferns-Not Ferns at All

Tassel Ferns-Not Ferns at All

Lycopodium squarrosum at Matthaei Botanical Gardens I first saw Lycopodium (Huperzia) in Elvin McDonald’s book, The New Houseplant (page 45). It was a picture of a florist’s window in New York with one of these plants hanging in it. There was nothing to tell me what it was, as it

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The Unexpected Houseplant

The Unexpected Houseplant

I have recently read, for the second time, Tovah Martin’s book, The Unexpected Houseplant. It is a wonderful book! Tovah blurs the indoors and outdoors by using plants we wouldn’t normally think of as houseplants, thus the title. She brings in junipers, cypress, grasses and euphorbia, among other plants. She

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