Stone Benches – Grounding does it.

In honor of my new book, The Spirit of Stone – 101 Practical and Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden (St. Lynn’s Press, 2017) that was released last week I am sharing this post about stone benches. In the heat of the summer when we should be pruning what we really want to do is […]

‘Om’ in the Garden

We need to balance the pace and intensity of modern life with periods of what poet May Sarton has called “open time, with no obligations except toward the inner world and what is going on there.” ~ Thomas Moore So how to touch the inner world in a garden?.. I suggest chanting ‘OM.’ (really it […]

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 […]

A Great True story about Organic Soil

On April 29, 2010 Anne Raver of the New York Times asked: “How does Tony Avent, the horticultural mythbuster, grow so many plants successfully in his garden? Rule No. 1: he uses the same mix of 40 percent native soil, dug on his own land, and 60 percent compost for every plant. ”The soil for […]