Garden Detective

Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.

Rockefeller Center tree to become a house

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual

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Ever wonder what happens to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after the holidays? It doesn't get kicked to the curb like mine does. It doesn't even get turned into mulch. No, the behemoth evergreen gets turned into a house.

Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and operates Rockefeller Center, once again will mill lumber from the 80th Rockefeller Center tree -- an 80-foot Norway spruce...

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A peek inside my garden...

These Limoncello roses bloom all summer long. (June

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Took a walk around the garden on the first day of summer, assessing what was blooming and what was about to burst open.

The hydrangeas were covered with bright blue lacecap blooms, Campanulas were showing their stuff up against white lattice, pears were plumping on the tree, roses were floriferous,  and herbs and vegetables were free from blight, pests and disease. Click the photo below...

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Rocky Point teen wins NY Farm Bureau Scholarship

Justin Bakewicz, a Rocky Point High School senior,

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Looks like Long Island has done it again! For the second straight year, a local student has won the NY Farm Bureau Scholarship. 

Justin Bakewicz, a senior at Rocky Point High School, won first place in the statewide competition, edging out 10 other finalists from across the state to win the recognition -- and a $1,500 scholarship. Last year, Jessica Anson of Yaphank took the...

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South Country School District gets its garden on

After my neighbor planted Knockout roses several years ago, I bought several myself, and after mine were planted, another neighbor planted three of her own. Last fall, the house directly across from hers suddenly was sporting Knockouts. Don't you just love it when something like curb appeal becomes contagious?

South Country School District residents in Bellport know exactly what I mean. The...

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