How to Trim a Perfect Spiral Topiary

How to Trim a Perfect Spiral Topiary

Have you ever tried to trim a topiary?  If you are following existing lines, it ususally isn’t too trickly but…

How to Grow Wasabi – A Garden Nerd’s Challenge

How to Grow Wasabi – A Garden Nerd’s Challenge

Wasabi, and the idea of growing it, brings back memories of my long deceased grandmother. She was a lifelong Montana…

Stop Allergies! How to Plant Pretty Protective Hedges

Stop Allergies! How to Plant Pretty Protective Hedges

If you have allergy offending trees or shrubs in your neighborhood (probably because of a very common case of botanical…

Can You Make a Living Farming Other People’s Front Yards?

Can You Make a Living Farming Other People’s Front Yards?

Can you make a living farming other people’s front yards? Jim Kovaleski is a nomadic gardener and he proves the…

3 More Beautiful Plant Pairings for Fall Blooming Bulbs

3 More Beautiful Plant Pairings for Fall Blooming Bulbs

In the first issue of PITH + VIGOR,  Joanne Neale shared four great planting combos for fall-blooming bulbs – but…

Fall Blooming Bulbs – 3 Ideas for Exciting Autumn Plant Pairings

Fall Blooming Bulbs – 3 Ideas for Exciting Autumn Plant Pairings

Like me, you are probably feeling a bit depressed at the thought of your garden’s painstakingly planted scenes deteriorating over the next months. Yes, of course you…

The Disruptors: David Milarch

The Disruptors: David Milarch

Meet David Milarch David Milarch is a fourth generation German shade tree farmer who lives in Michigan with two subsequent…

A Cutting Flower Garden Plan

A Cutting Flower Garden Plan

By CHERYL PARKER I’ve grown a cutting garden for three years. Every year I dream of sitting down on a…

The Beautiful Berry – 9 Types of Berries For Fall & Winter Florals

The Beautiful Berry – 9 Types of Berries For Fall & Winter Florals

Right, lets talk about types of berries. Not the kind you eat, but the kind that provide tiny little detail…

How To Grow Humongous White Hydrangea

How To Grow Humongous White Hydrangea

My obsession with humongous white hydrangea blooms started many years ago. I was hooked when a vendor at my local…

How To Grow Giant Pumpkins

How To Grow Giant Pumpkins

As a recovering software engineer, I sometimes find myself missing the geek culture that can make a cubicle-land work environment…

Our Status Was Provisional

Our Status Was Provisional

Photos and Story By Kathleen McCoy I learned flower arranging from the last in the line of garden club royalty….

How to Make a Living Willow Arbor

How to Make a Living Willow Arbor

Guests are usually surprised when I tell them that our willow arbor only cost $35. Back in 2005, I spent $8 plus shipping for four hybrid willows…

Spring Cleaning: 5 Garden Chores You Can Do In 15 Minutes

Spring Cleaning: 5 Garden Chores You Can Do In 15 Minutes

I have a big garden so I am frequently overwhelmed by it. But I reminded myself recently just how much…

Grow Love, Give Valentines Seeds

Grow Love, Give Valentines Seeds

Spring is near, why not plant some Valentines seeds?   I am increasingly becoming a seed growing convert.  No, I…

Grow Plants Vertically with Patrick Blanc – Inventor of the Vertical Garden

Grow Plants Vertically with Patrick Blanc – Inventor of the Vertical Garden

I knew of Patrick Blanc‘s work long before I knew of him.  The first time I experienced one of his gardens…

Stylish Plants: Three Design Ideas for Growing Baptisia

Stylish Plants: Three Design Ideas for Growing Baptisia

Years ago, when the Perennial Plant Association named Baptisia australis their plant of the year for 2010, I promptly bought five and planted them in my…

12 Garden Inspired Holiday Wreaths That You Can Copy

12 Garden Inspired Holiday Wreaths That You Can Copy

Wreaths are such ubiquitous holiday decorations, I find that most years I want to rebel against the traditional cliché of…

Plant Partners: Witch Hazel, Hellebores & Dogwood

Plant Partners: Witch Hazel, Hellebores & Dogwood

Noticing yesterday that the tips of daffodils and spring bulbs are just beginning to poke through the ground, the branches…

Exploring Skirret and Perennial Vegetables

Exploring Skirret and Perennial Vegetables

After a couple of seasons of being a lesser vegetable gardener than I once was, I have finally come to…

Show Me A Movement – Michelle Obama’s Surprise Visit to My Garden

Show Me A Movement – Michelle Obama’s Surprise Visit to My Garden

I am very excited to welcome a guest here today. Linda Bilsens is the Community Composting Manager at the Institute for Local…

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