People Who Plant #4 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #4 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

Owen: “You should see the s*** we found in this plot when we first excavated.” Mackenzie: “There was all kinds of like, car keys buried. Like somebody stole a bunch of cars or something – I don’t know it was really weird … There were six or seven sets of car keys. Why would you be burying car keys? It seemed…

People Who Plant #3 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #3 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

“I am a former physician and I never used my hands on the ground. And I come here and I look around and thought, I am going to be really smart. I will find out the garden under the big tree, and whatever they will say to me, I will say “sorry, it’s a root system, we can’t destroy [it],”…

People Who Plant #2: At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #2: At Fenway Victory Gardens

“We have a lot of gardeners who are older; who gave a lot earlier — they saved the gardens actually a number of times. Like Phyllis — unfortunately she’s in the hospital right now, she’s 94 and she has a double plot right up off the center. She was around when the Red Sox were…

People Who Plant: On Location In Americas Oldest Victory Garden

People Who Plant: On Location In Americas Oldest Victory Garden

Who are modern gardeners? We are people who hope to grow food that we can feel sure of and we need a calm place to enjoy a few quiet minutes of lush green leafiness every once in a while. A garden is our haven where digging, watering and weeding are not just meditative, but much needed exercise. Our horticultural successes and the…

People Who Plant #1: At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #1: At Fenway Victory Gardens

“I grew up on a farm near Lowell and Billerica. That was a long, long time ago and a completely different environment with planes flying over with chemicals. We go organic now; we have rules about it here… We had an owl come down over there. It’s not the first time but, uh, it had…

Women Planting Designers to Know

Women Planting Designers to Know

Last week, in reaction to a recent article on LandArchs Network , a discussion broke out on a friend’s facebook page (article here, discussion here).  The story was about 10 planting designers to know, and as remarkable as all the people on the list are, the reality of there only being one woman (Beth Chatto)…

Ode To A Gardener

This week I want to take a break from writing about all of the cool plants that I am surrounded by each week to reflect on what it means to be a gardener. When I use the term gardener, I am using it loosely to describe anyone who passionately associates themselves with a garden as…

Inspired By:  Ulf Nordfjell

Inspired By: Ulf Nordfjell

Along the coast of Maine as we are readying for Christmas, our outdoor cultivation has come to a screeching halt as the ground is covered by a foot and a half of snow. To add emphasis to this being the time of the shortest days of the year, a half inch of ice fell the…

Garden Gallery: Robert Tatin’s Home in Normandy France

Garden Gallery: Robert Tatin’s Home in Normandy France

I’m off this afternoon on a SouthernCalifornia adventure, but before I head out I have a something I have been meaning to share with you for a few weeks. It is the garden and outdoor museum created by artist Robert Tatin.   Located near Laval in Normandy, France, the place is open to visitors who…

Outdoor Art: INSA Gif-itti

Outdoor Art: INSA Gif-itti

Please accept my apologies if this might be a bit too much to look at on a monday morning.  The idea of this art is just too cool though. I’ve mentioned a few times that I think that Grafitti is a bit of a trend for gardens – certainly is to the natural backdrop for…