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Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
Texas
Avid gardener and professional horticulturalist in the DFW area of Texas.
Interests: My kiddo, horticulture, birds, reading, music, film, karaoke, food and drink...
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In 2004, I got laid off of my graphic design job in New York and slowly realized that getting kicked out meant I had the chance to try doing something I really cared about for a living. Attempting to gain... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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At a time when it is easy to become despairing about the loss of wild spaces, Thomas Rainer and his co-author Claudia West have hopeful ideas about a horticultural renaissance. Acknowledging the enormous pressure that has been placed on plants... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Gary Lincoff edited the Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mushrooms 1981. When a dear friend of mine took an interest in fungi, we together attended a lecture on mushrooms by mycologist Gary Lincoff, who blew our minds with his abundant... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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We were invited to visit the family ranch property of a dear friend of ours, located north of Gainesville, Texas. We've been out there many times and I love to check out the ever changing flora. On this summer visit,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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We stared and stared at all of the lovely spring things blooming in the front garden beds at Marianne Howell's beautiful home. She wrote the thoughtful descriptions of the all the gardens in the invitation and is quite humble about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Enjoyed seeing this great planting of four-nerve daisies (Tetraneuris scaposa) out in front of the Dallas Public Library and City Hall when my niece and I attended a meeting about a seed library they are starting at the main branch.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Next up was the garden of Mariana Greene, a voracious, highly addicted gardener and retired garden editor. Her gigantic snowball Viburnum (V. opulus?) was going full blast as we walked into the backyard. I'll start out by saying that the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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The tour begins with a bang. Carl Neels' front garden, on a busy street across from a gas station is an explosion of gorgeously grown flower spikes, notably delphinium (Delphinium elatum), snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) and foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea), blended with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Behold, my new favorite wildflower that shares my name! Carolina Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens) On a visit to the family ranch property of my dear friend, the bountiful spring rains had helped to nourish a beautiful display of flowers.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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False dayflower (Tinantia anomala) We very nearly bailed out of the idea of taking a hike when the steady drizzle that had fallen most of the morning became an afternoon downpour. We dilly-dallied for a while in a drugstore, happily... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Photo courtesy fishhawk Flickr Creative Commons These beautiful birds are capable of creating a quite a mess. I'm always happy to have Cedar Waxwings make their yearly visit to my garden in late winter and early spring. They typically feast... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
Thank you very much. I wrote this a while back and had a hard time finishing it, but I feel like I can mentally move forward now that it's out there.
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Exposing my shortcomings and imperfections here is something I have struggled with. Photography makes it easy to frame the beautiful aspects of the garden and crop out the areas that need attention. I've made a few attempts at showing ugly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Another shot from my Peckerwood excursion that I couldn't leave out. Brenham, TX is the next town over from Hempstead. Wonder who did this painting? I love it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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On my way to Austin see Peckerwood and visit friends, I saw a enormous, beautiful rainbow when I stopped for gas. This mobile phone photo does it no justice whatsoever. A gigantic half circle stretched to nearly touch the ground,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Years ago when I was living in Brooklyn, working at Wave Hill and considering moving back to Texas, I learned about a garden in my home state that I'd never heard of: Peckerwood. Founder and artist, John G. Fairey named... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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As it is my general tendency to collect every plant I fall for, I struggle to include repetition in the overall design scheme. In fact, my overall design scheme so far has been to fall in love with a plant... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Here's something you don't see every day on the busy streets of Dallas. My friend Jane Holahan created this wonderful urban wildflower oasis which is filled with spontaneous delights. Before I met her as a customer at NHG, her garden... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Remember the Monterrey Oak (Quercus polymorpha) I planted at my father's place? It's still alive (and so am I). Here it is with the Italian Stone Pine behind it, which I also planted with my Dad in the early nineties.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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When I still lived in Brooklyn, I was excited to read this new York Times article about a guy from my home state who collects and saves wild bulbs. This spring I had the honor of meeting Chris Wiesinger and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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Black Friday at Heard Museum. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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There's a large oak in my neighbor's yard across the alley that is visible from my backyard. It looks quite majestic from there, but getting closer you see that something is not quite right. Walking down the alley, it becomes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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On the way to my mother's house I was compelled to pull over the car to get a better look at this huge stand of gorgeous bluebonnets in an abandoned lot right near the highway. Driving around these parts does... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
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This photo of a photo from 2004 shows an Italian stone pine my father and I planted together at his place in Grandview, TX in 1993. It was salvaged from the nursery outside Denton where I worked in college. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Carolyn Hestand Kennedy