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I can answer all kinds of questions about vines that thrive in most U.S. soils/climates, though I am more knowledgeable about Zones 4-8. I am a huge fan of vines (even the sort of "Look out, Martha, here it comes again" varieties), especially wisteria, climbing hydrangea, Carolina jessamine, and (invasive though it is) English Ivy. I grow them all, and would love to share what I've learned with you!

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I am a certified, active Master Gardener in Maryland (Montgomery County) and have six+ years experience working at a local garden nursery. I've been gardening for more than 20 years and have done consulting work for many residential homeowners on all aspects of gardening and garden design.


Maryland Master Gardeners Friends of Brookside Gardens Nature Conservancy


I have authored numerous nature and gardening-related articles for publications ranging from Audubon Naturalist News to Washington Gardener magazine.


I have taken courses in Integrated Pest Management, perennials, shrubs, and vines.

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Rasha07/22/16101010you are fantastic , thank you.
Ronn Campbell06/27/16101010Kathleen, Since the shrub is now 20 .....
carl05/16/16101010thanks for your reply. i am going .....

Recent Answers from Kathleen Franklin

2016-12-04 Wisteria disease:

Hello John -   My apologies for not responding sooner; I was out of town and not online.  I want to thank you for sending a photo. It makes it so much easier to answer your question. That said, I don't

2016-07-22 golden pothos:

Hello Rasha,  I hope you are well, also; thank you for writing, and thank you for sending the photographs, they are very helpful.  Golden ivy, or "Pothos," is a wonderful houseplant and I like the way

2016-06-26 Morning glory:

Hi Ronn -  I like the spelling of your name; I've only seen it spelled that way once before (one of my co-workers is also a "Ronn").  ANYWAY. Morning glory - if that's what it is - is a glorious vine but

2016-05-12 clematis vine:

Hi Carl -    Short answer: for controlling the vine's growth habit, you can probably prune the tops whenever you like.    Long answer: In general, the timing for pruning clematis (in terms of truly cutting

2016-05-03 Vine or root sucker:

Oh, okay...when you said that "The bark looks just like that of the maple," I interpreted that to mean that the vine itself was more "woody" than "green." I'd be happy to provide my address (now you've


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