Meet Some Awesome People

PITH + VIGOR Issue # 2 contributors. I am a little behind with this post (I meant to do this right after PITH + VIGOR’s print Issue #2 came out – and I am so sorry that I am just getting to it now) – but I want you to meet a bunch of super fantastic people.  They are each so talented and interesting and 1000% worth a click on over to our contributors page to meet individually.  I am in awe of them and so proud to call them my colleagues.

-Rochelle

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Arbor Day Special : How to Place and Plant Trees

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For many states, Arbor day is the last Friday of April, but there are plenty of places where the annual tree planting day has either passed already or is right now (Southern States, California, and New Mexico). So in preparation for National Plant a Tree Day, I thought I would share a few thoughts about tree planting.

Tree planting is kind of a big deal.  Think about it, you are making an indelible mark on the world.  The tree you plant might be one of the only truly enduring things you do your life.   It is very likely be where you put it for generations after you are gone and because of this, I think that the opportunity  plant a tree is something to be considered and honored.

It should go without saying (but I will say it anyway) that the tree you are planting today is going to get considerably bigger than it is now…..know that and plan for it. Years quickly pass and before you think it will happen, a tree planted too close to your house will become a pruning nightmare and a foundation upending ordeal.
Here are some of the less obvious things to consider when planting a tree:

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Addressing Concerns – Thistle & Fig

Addressing Concerns – Thistle & Fig

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

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A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

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If You Could Talk to a Plant, What Would You Ask It?

If You Could Talk to a Plant, What Would You Ask It?

I thought these answers, given by school children at Tower Hill Botanic Garden over the recent winter break, were too charming and (sometimes) thoughtful not to share.   What would you ask? Read More

Garden Gallery : Celtic Gardens

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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 a few that didn’t make the cut for no other reason reason but that there were simply too many.  So, in light of the upcoming holiday of St. Patrick’s Day (which, here in Boston, seems…

New Shrubs for the Cutting Garden

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