Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends from Extremely Close to Exceedingly Distant – Part 1

Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends from Extremely Close to Exceedingly Distant – Part 1

The Chelsea Flower Show in London represents the pinnacle of garden design and is, without question, an annual opportunity to check in with many of industry’s leaders to see what they are thinking about and how they choose to represent their artistry and influence in the world. My personal experience of Chelsea was life changing…

Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends – A Spectators View – Part 2

Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends – A Spectators View – Part 2

by Gillian Carson Editor Note:  Gillian Carson of My Tiny Plot took in Chelsea as a spectator on press day as well as on public days. Her perspective comes as a British garden writer and blogger as well gardener (in the USA) who has made many Chelsea trips in the past and has seen many styles…

Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends – Extremely Close – Part 3

Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends – Extremely Close – Part 3

by Carrie Preston You think beforehand that when you build a stand at Chelsea you will have lots of opportunity to view and photograph the other gardens. And in theory the opportunity is there, but the time is dearly lacking. If I compare my photographs from last year’s Chelsea with those from this year, the…

A Call For Questions

A Call For Questions

With trepidation, I’m stepping into the chair of C.L. Fornari as I fill in for her this weekend as The Garden Lady.  If you don’t know the show (it is new) it a call-in radio show that airs on AM 680 in Boston on Saturdays from 1pm – 3pm. So this weekend (May 2nd, 2015),…

Needing Street Wisdom

Needing Street Wisdom

I’ve been really frustrated with myself for the past few days.  I had a revelation; an idea I was really excited to write about – it was insightful, it was interesting, it was motivating and original….and I had it while I was walking my dog last week.  Then a guy in an orange jeep drove up,…

Spring Inspiration

Spring Inspiration

I am headed to the airport shortly to hop a plane to Seattle. I haven’t been to Seattle since a couple of weeks before I was married. I remember three things about that trip: 1. We dropped the transmission of our car on one of the most remote of the San Juan Islands and had…

TANT DE FORÊTS…

TANT DE FORÊTS…

This little video just knocked my socks off. It is beautifully illustrated and oh so clear….it is based on this poem: TANT DE FORÊTS… Tant de forêts arrachées à la terre Et massacrées Achevées Rotativées Tant de forêts sacrifiées pour la pâte à papier Des milliards de journaux attirant annuellement l´attention des lecteurs sur les…

Rose Bowlin Diary – Day 2

Rose Bowlin Diary – Day 2

Whoa – it’s February already!.  That really snuck up on me! January went by was faster than a collection of short and cold days have a right to.  I think its time to catch up from the beginning of the year….from when we were in beautiful southern California. I’ve pondered the best way to tell…

Rose Bowlin’ with The California Flower Growers – Day 1

We left our down coats in Colorado and flew to warm California last night and these beautiful cut flowers greeted us in our hotel. (This is best shot I could get in the low light…and I didn’t even try to capture the giant arms of orchids that sprayed out to the sides of this huge…

Black Madras Ornamental Rice

Black Madras Ornamental Rice

I returned late Thursday night from the International Trials Conference at Longwood Gardens. The conference was fantastic because of the information presented, the people I met, and the new plants that we saw at various trials. I have a new listing of plants that I want to grow in 2014 at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens….

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