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Published: 9/18/2013


Weed It & Reap: Bill Albert

Bill Albert has been cultivating an exotic oasis in the backyard of his Waterville home. The master gardener grows plants both from the American southwest and of the tropics. With a south-facing therefore sunny backyard, Albert said he started with the desert plants and moved on to tropicals. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW

Fifteen-foot-tall banana trees whose leaves offer copious amounts of shade. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Fifteen-foot-tall banana trees whose leaves offer copious amounts of shade.
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Bill Albert in his exotic oasis. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bill Albert in his exotic oasis.
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Banana trees. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Banana trees.
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After a lifetime of health problems related to a liver condition, her received a life-saving transplant three years ago. He built a torri, or Japanese gateway, and dedicated it to the person who donated his or her liver. Enlarge | Buy This Photo After a lifetime of health problems related to a liver condition, her received a life-saving transplant three years ago....
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Dedicated to the person who donated their liver to master gardener Bill Alpert. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dedicated to the person who donated their liver to master gardener Bill Alpert.
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Bill Albert built a torri, or Japanese gate, shown here, and dedicated it to the person who donated his or her liver.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bill Albert built a torri, or Japanese gate, shown here, and dedicated it to the person who donated his or her liver.
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In addition to the restored firepit on his back patio, Albert cultivates a tall grass, erianthus ravennae, which, when harvested and dried, he applies to everything from the wainscoting inside his backyard room to birdhouses he builds.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo In addition to the restored firepit on his back patio, Albert cultivates a tall grass, erianthus ravennae, which, when harvested ...
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He includes Mexican tiles and containers, called Talavera pottery. Enlarge | Buy This Photo He includes Mexican tiles and containers, called Talavera pottery.
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On his back porch is a Madagascar palm. Enlarge | Buy This Photo On his back porch is a Madagascar palm.
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This tropical plant is a croton. Enlarge | Buy This Photo This tropical plant is a croton.
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The patio is devoted to plants from the southwest such as these chili peppers. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The patio is devoted to plants from the southwest such as these chili peppers.
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 In the front yard, flanked by cannas, is a rose chestnut tree he purchased from the Toledo Botanical Garden.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo In the front yard, flanked by cannas, is a rose chestnut tree he purchased from the Toledo Botanical Garden.
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The front yard features red canna flowers. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The front yard features red canna flowers.
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An area beneath a neighbor's tree is ripe for expansion as a shade garden. Enlarge | Buy This Photo An area beneath a neighbor's tree is ripe for expansion as a shade garden.
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Interior walls of a room he built is lined with wainscoting made from a dried grass called erianthus revennae, grown near Albert's patio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Interior walls of a room he built is lined with wainscoting made from a dried grass called erianthus revennae, grown ...
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In the midst of it, he has built a room which includes wainscoting made from a dried grass called erianthus revennae. Enlarge | Buy This Photo In the midst of it, he has built a room which includes wainscoting made from a dried grass called erianthus revennae.
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Left, hibiscus; center, canna. Right: That's Bill! Enlarge | Buy This Photo Left, hibiscus; center, canna. Right: That's Bill!
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He began by building a patio and filling it with cacti and other plants from the southewst. These beautiful tiles and containers are Talavera pottery. A restored firepit, right. Enlarge | Buy This Photo He began by building a patio and filling it with cacti and other plants from the southewst. These beautiful tiles ...
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Bills's patio includes Mexican tiles and growing containers, called Talavera Pots, stacked on tiers Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bills's patio includes Mexican tiles and growing containers, called Talavera Pots, stacked on tiers
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The master gardener grows plants both from the American southwest and the tropics.  Albert built the small tropical-style room as well.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo The master gardener grows plants both from the American southwest and the tropics. Albert built the small tropical-style room ...
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