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Reflections From The Garden

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Outdoor living editor Luke Miller takes a philosophical look at what we can learn from nature in general and trees in particular.

Luke Miller's Reflections from the Garden

Luke Miller is the outdoor living editor for Lowe’s Creative Ideas. Born across the street from a park arboretum, he picked up a love of trees from his father and a passion for gardening from his grandmother. Mentored by Garden Writers Association Hall of Famers Doc and Katy Abraham, Luke is a Master Gardener and 15-year veteran of garden journalism, most recently as award-winning editor of Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine. He shares more tree photography at

Trees Never Complain (No Matter How Badly We Treat Them)

Abused, neglected, planted improperly, or just put in the wrong spot, trees still move forward without complaint.

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Seed Dispersal: Nature Gets Creative

Nature can be quite clever in the way she helps her flock carry on.

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Planting a Prettier World

Lowe’s and Meredith team up to improve parks and low-income housing. The experience was especially satisfying for at least one volunteer.

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Embraced by Nature

Basking in the beauty of his backyard, a garden editor discovers nature’s restorative powers.

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Saving the Earth, One Particle of Soil at a Time

Don’t blame them! Weeds are just doing what they were put on this earth for -- protecting the soil.

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Finding Your Way on Life’s Path

From poets and philosophers to ministers and cowboys, sages weigh in about traversing life’s sometimes difficult yet always educational path.

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The Truth About Trees

While trees grown in nurseries are often uniform in habit, those allowed to develop naturally have a unique style that says, “Take me as I am.”

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Nature is full of examples of resolute tenacity in the plant kingdom that are incredibly inspiring.

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Where Trees Belong

Nature certainly doesn’t intend for trees to grow everywhere, but here are a few places I like to see them.

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Finding the Good Even in Weed Trees

Maligned misfits like Ailanthus and box elder challenge us to find the hidden good in everything.

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Let Nature Soothe the Wounds

In times of strife, find solace in nature. The simple pleasures of gardening, hiking or just watching the grass grow may be just the tonic you need.

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Congratulations, You’re a Forester!

Experience the satisfaction of starting a tree from seed and nurturing it to adulthood. It’s good for the environment and good for posterity.

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Embrace the Beauty of Winter

Enjoy what winter offers -- a slower pace that lets you delight in the beauty of nature in the off-season.

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Plant a Tree for Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree. Do it for yourself--and for posterity.

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View Trees Like an Artist

Discover a new world outside of color by appreciating the form and structure of trees. Silhouettes offer the perfect opportunity.

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A New Approach to Animal Thievery

Instead of fighting Mother Nature, we should work with her -- or at least learn to get along with the critters that share our gardens.

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In Praise of Poplar Trees

Blogger Luke Miller reflects on the poplar tree's contribution as a vanguard for new forests.

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Grow Where You Are Planted

Street trees show us what it's like to overcome adversity and "Grow where you are planted."

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A Chestnut Tree Lives On

A large American chestnut tree meets its end. But not before a garden editor turned midwife helps birth a new generation.

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Bare Trees in Winter

Before spring flowers steal your attention, take a moment to appreciate the character of bare trees.

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Plants Teach us About Contentment

We could learn a thing or two from the plant world, where it seems the simple joy of being alive helps some plants overcome hardship.

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Slow Down and Appreciate Nature

Take a break from life's chaos to relax the mind, observe nature, and reflect on your purpose.

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The Cycle of Life

Dead trees offer insight into the cycle of life and the ultimate perfection of nature.

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