A Harvest of Agriculture and Art

A Harvest of Agriculture and Art

The hotels around here are all sold out, the apple orchard across the street has called an ‘all-hands’, every door…

Backyard Biology – Designing A Garden To Be A Kid’s Science Lab

Backyard Biology – Designing A Garden To Be A Kid’s Science Lab

As the editor of this newspaper, my job is mostly to bring ideas together, and as they flow in from…

Salvaging the Un-dead – Another Autumn Planter

Salvaging the Un-dead – Another Autumn Planter

Here’s the thing about fall decorating – it’s all going to end up in the compost pile pretty quickly –…

Where To Plant the Clematis Vine?

Where To Plant the Clematis Vine?

As you have probably noticed, I work with Proven Winners to test out their plants and then help you (through…

Je Persoonlijke Tuin – My book, In Dutch

Je Persoonlijke Tuin – My book, In Dutch

  Check this out – it’s my book – in Dutch.  I love all things Dutch – have I ever told…

Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston has been designing gardens for 25 years. At just 14 years old she started working at a perennial…

BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS – Interactive Gardens

BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS – Interactive Gardens

I’m headed to Orlando next week to speak at the Epcot International Garden Festival.  I’m excited, but still have to put…

Learn From The Pros: Make a More Imaginative Deck with Reclaimed Materials and Stylish Elements

Learn From The Pros: Make a More Imaginative Deck with Reclaimed Materials and Stylish Elements

Decks do not have to be boring and the living space they create can and should be imbued with a…

Garden Tour: Middleton Place Plantation, Charleston, SC + An Announcement

Garden Tour: Middleton Place Plantation, Charleston, SC + An Announcement

Last week, the old south – specifically Charleston, South Carolina welcomed me for a few days while I got to know…

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

I’m always up for being sent off on a research tangent.  Not knowing where it will end up, what I…

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

I’m finding the ever- increasing variety of oxalis  (commonly called Shamrocks or Wood Sorrel) available to gardeners very inspiring. In…

Garden Gallery : Celtic Gardens

Garden Gallery : Celtic Gardens

Writing a book requires reaching out to many people you might not otherwise have cause to contact. Interviews and image…

St Patrick’s Day Celtic Garden Inspiration

St Patrick’s Day Celtic Garden Inspiration

As I wrote my book last year, I considered so many different styles of gardens to discuss.  There where quite…

Garden Gallery: Alchemy Gardens’ Staircase to Nowhere

Garden Gallery: Alchemy Gardens’ Staircase to Nowhere

Folly Builder. Can you think of a better business card title?  I wonder if anyone in the US has that…

Designing a Yoga Garden

Designing a Yoga Garden

For over 25 years, running has been a constant in my life but with the recent onset of knee pain,…

Growing Mushrooms & Learning to Design a Forest Garden

Growing Mushrooms & Learning to Design a Forest Garden

After ten years of staring down a large pile of hardwood logs left for me after the installation of a…

Trends on Trial:  Vertical Wall Gardens – An Urban Oasis or a Recipe for Architectural Disaster?

Trends on Trial: Vertical Wall Gardens – An Urban Oasis or a Recipe for Architectural Disaster?

Opening Statement: Green walls are not new. French botanist Patrick Blanc has been popularizing green walls by building awe inspiring,…

A Palm That Does Well In New England*

A Palm That Does Well In New England*

*sort of When I say sort of, I am alluding to the fact that this plant that looks like a…

The Scent of Nostalgia: Prairie Dropseed

The Scent of Nostalgia: Prairie Dropseed

Walking through New York city brings to mind a unique combination of good and bad smells. Cooking onions and sausages…

A Marvelous New Hibiscus

A Marvelous New Hibiscus

Which plant is literally on fire in our garden right now? Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel.’ I admittedly ordered this plant on…

Magical Mushrooms

Magical Mushrooms

Wow, mushrooms are magical — and not in the ‘make the walls start undulating’ way….but really magical….like in the save…

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