Journal Articles

I have written articles for the Lakeland Gardener, Journal of the Lakeland Horticulture Society, which are available below in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format as downloads (used with permission).

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Armstrong Gardens, Illinois

(Spring Journal 2017)
A visit to the Holmstad Retirement Center in Batavia, Illinois, provided me with insight into an ornamental and herb garden designed for individuals of the community to find peace and recharge spiritually.
The adjoining vegetable garden produces fresh produce for the Holmstad residents to purchase. As a service to the Batavia Community, the gardeners donate vegetables to local people in need.
The garden at Holmstad is a place to rest and commune with nature while observing the garden as it changes with new growth through the seasons.
Armstsrong Gardens (pdf file)


An American In Scotland

(Fall Journal 2011)

As a member of the Lakeland Horticulture Society of Windermere, England, I took my first trip with LHS members in May, 2011, to the Highlands of north-west Scotland. As I was the only American in the group, I was asked to write an article for the journal on my experiences in Scotland traveling with my “British cousins,” and the gardens we visited. This is the story of my travels from Virginia Beach, Virginia to the Isle of Skye and the gardens in between.

An American In Scotland (pdf file)


Chicago Botanic Garden

(Spring Journal 2012)

I wrote of my June visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden to introduce the LHS members to a premier garden in the mid-west of my country.

The Chicago Garden was opened to the public in 1972, so in Great Britain time span of Botanic Gardens, a “youngster,” but their Plant Research breeding program has already contributed new perennials for our gardens. A highlight at the garden is the English Walled Garden designed by the English landscape architect John Brookes.

Chicago Botanic Garden (pdf file)


Colonial Williamsburg

(Spring Journal 2013)

The 18th century capital of Williamsburg, Virginia has been recreated as an outdoor living history museum. Besides the physical reconstruction of the capital’s homes and public buildings, gardens were also restored. Williamsburg, while a capital city, became a focal point of gardening activity in Virginia and played a pivotal role in the early plant exchanges between the New World and the Old.

Influences of the English gardens of the early 18th century are displayed throughout the Colonial city. Enjoy additional photos of several of these gardens I wrote about ( and others), under Williamsburg Photo Archive.

Colonial Williamsburg (pdf file)


The LHS Tour of Sweden and Gotland

(Fall Journal 2014)

Early June 2014 I traveled in Sweden with a small group of members of the Lakeland Horticulture Society. It was a fast paced garden tour with an itinerary that included public gardens and nature reserves, arranged by Brightwater Holidays in conjunction with impressive private gardens of George and Dorothy Feather’s contacts and friends.

The journal article focuses on highlights of the tour on the mainland and the Island of Gotland. Since articles of visits to Uppsala and the gardens associated with Carl Linnaeus have been written previously by other members for the LHS journal, I have bypassed Uppsala for the journal but I have written on Linnaeus in Uppsala on my blog.

LHS Tour of Sweden and Gotland (pdf file)