Hip Hip Hooray for Rose Hips

Allow your roses to form hips. Did you know that, like many plants that produce fruit, the formation of rose hips is a signal to the rose to go dormant for the season? Rose hips provide wonderful color in the garden and are a good source of vitamin C for birds in the fall and […]

Speaking with Earth Spirits

Speaking with Earth Spirits Deep down, in the warmth of the fecund earth, the spirits sing songs of life. Hoping we hear, they inhale and exhale along with the seasons. Now, in the cool days of November, they sing to us of rest and replenishment and ask us to be calm. The time has come […]

Renew Your Garden Tools!

Winter is the time to get your garden tools in shape… hand tools such as shovels, picks, trowels, loppers, etc. should be cleaned, sharpened and well oiled. Steel wool can clean off any rust or caked-on dirt. And pure white vinegar works to remove rust too: pour into a bucket or small plastic tub. Submerse […]

Garden Design Magazine’s New Gorgeous Videos!

Have you noticed that I love the new Garden Design Magazine? At every talk I give, I gush about it. It is a gorgeous magazine devoted to garden design and plants. Every article is fascinating. It comes every few months. Now they have upped their game even more and have developed some fabulous videos that […]

October Glory in the Garden

In my part of the world – New York State – October is when Mother Nature shines. The days are shorter, the sun is low in the sky, but the weather stays warm enough for the flowering plants to hang on. I design and install gardens with October in mind because it is now when […]

Beyond Prison : Insight Garden Program

In the 1970s, I was a part of a team that taught a one year intensive certificate program on Landscape Development and Maintenance at a community college near New Paltz, NY. I was a young instructor but was very earnest and devoted to teaching. Then one day the president of the college called me in […]

The Rolling Crabapples – smile

This is funny. Glenn Eichler wrote an open letter to the New York Botanical Garden in 2014 in the New Yorker regarding his love of their rock garden. He felt it deserved more attention: “…rocks—dragged by glaciers, striped and striated by, I guess, also glaciers—deserve better. Not sexy? Compared to what, the Donald J. Bruckmann […]

The Glorious Sunflower – The Fourth Sister

I have written about the Native Americans’ Three Sisters Garden (corn, beans and squash ) but I neglected to tell you of the Fourth Sister… a very important member of this family! This is from Hubpages: “Fourth Sister, didn’t look anything like her other sisters, although she was as tall and as slender as First […]

Verbena Bonariensis – Verbena on a Stick

Verbena Bonariensis is tall and airy and one of my fave flowers. It blooms like crazy all summer into fall. I plant it next to walls and fences for a stunning effect. Here I mixed it with white cosmos – purple and white is such a great garden combination. The lavender clusters are held high […]