Before & After: A New Front Yard in Seattle

Before & After: A New Front Yard in Seattle

Hey everyone! I hope you guys were able to finish up all your fall gardening this year! I wanted to plant some bulbs this fall but didn’t get around to it (again)….does anybody else have that issue? Anyway, I wanted to share a new Before & After with you, from one of my favorite landscape…

Traffic Stopping Kale

Traffic Stopping Kale

From this title, “Traffic Stopping Kale,” you may be imagining a major traffic incident in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara where a truck loaded with kale turned over on the interstate. Then tons of drivers hit their brakes and start grazing right off of the roadway. No, that is not what I am implying at…

HERE ARE ALL THE ANSWERS (at least to the autumn crossword puzzle)

HERE ARE ALL THE ANSWERS (at least to the autumn crossword puzzle)

We’d love to know if you were successful. Was it too hard, too easy, or just right? Let us know your thoughts on the fall crossword. Now, here are the answers.

Forcing Bulbs for the Winter

I am afraid I am probably a little behind for having beautiful blooming bulbs for the holidays — so I picked up a few waxz amaryllis at Lowes today.  Have you seen these?  I have to admit at first I hesitated to pick one up – it just seemed a little wrong to cover a…

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…

Garden Tour: A Wormtown Plant Haven

Garden Tour: A Wormtown Plant Haven

Gardens are inextricably linked to the people who tend them. It is a deep relationship, where one depends on the other. In every issue, we will take a tour of a garden with its creator and caretakers walking us through the stories and memories behind the plants, flowers, trees and unique features. In this issue we meet Matt Mattus and Joe Philip. They are both…

PITH + VIGOR: What is in a name?

PITH + VIGOR: What is in a name?

What is in a name? Metaphorically, I am drawn to the idea of the pith of a plant—it is the heart. And vigor is one of those words that I find fun to say — everything about it lively and spirited. So when I discovered that these two words were once commonly used together (way…

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, hydroponically fed, wall structures since the late 1980s. But are they really sustainable? Do the benefits outweigh the costs? And has the technology evolved to a point where homeowners can reasonably install a useful vertical…