Submitted by gsparrow on Sat, 09/26/2020 - 10:13

IN ANY GREAT pugilistic match, the first few rounds are a feeling out process. You have to learn the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent, adapt, and prepare for surprises. Like a boxing match, the conifer test and display garden atop the Arsenal in New York City, which was my first experience with conifers on rooftops, took a few rounds to feel out, but now it is, I believe, a knockout.
(This article was previously published in Conifer Quarterly, the journal of the American Conifer Society.)