About Jeff Rugg

Jeff Rugg

Jeff Rugg

With degrees in science, zoology, horticulture and landscape architecture Rugg uses his many interests to help others learn about nature. He has managed garden centers in Texas and Illinois and owned a water garden and wild bird nature store.

He is currently an employee of Pond Supplies of America. His articles and photographs have appeared in Pond Keeper, Water Garden Magazine, Landscape Architect and Specifier News, Landscape Contractor Magazine, Ponds USA, American Nurseryman and other publications. He is currently an Illinois Certified Nurseryman and Registered Landscape Architect.

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All-America Selections Winners Jan 13, 2021

My garden seed catalogs are arriving, and I am always happy when I find the All-America Selections logo in a plant's description. These plants have been vetted by the AAS, an independent nonprofit organization that tests new plants. They have about 8... Read More

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American Garden Rose Selection 2021 Winners Jan 06, 2021

The American Garden Rose Selection judges have announced the newest roses to be selected in the testing program. This was a bountiful year. There are six new winners. There have only been 22 in the previous seven years. The AGRS program is the replac... Read More

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Hindsight Is 2020 Dec 30, 2020

They say that hindsight is 20/20, and that is what we want to do this year: put 2020 in our hindsight. As I wrote in my first "A Greener View" column for this year: "In our mind's eye, we see ourselves healthier, happier and leading more productive l... Read More

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Goose Population Can Be Controlled Dec 23, 2020

Question: We live in a lovely subdivision in which the homes back up to a pond. It's really pretty, until the geese arrive. They spend a lot of time in my yard (and all of my neighbors' yards) and leave lots of presents. I mulch my grass — clip... Read More