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Nestled in Lincoln, MA, one of Boston’s quietest most rural-feeling (though not actually rural) suburbs, the Decordova museum and sculpture park brings contemporary outdoor art to New England. Combining a visit with an exploration of the large collection of modern homes found in the surrounding town provides a full day of modernist inspiration.  Gropius house, the personal home of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement and The Henry B. Hoover House are both nearby and anchor a collection of over 70 modernist homes built in this woodsy neighborhood between the late 1930s and the 1960s. The...

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white coneflower by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
02 September 2016| Stories

After a summer of serious contemplation and consideration, I have so much to share with you that I hardly know where to start! I have procrastinated this post until I felt I had my head around things and now I finally feel like I can start to share. Over seven hundred of you shared your thoughts in our reader survey. (Wow! – I had a stretch goal of maybe 250 replies!) I am hugely grateful for all your thoughtful responses. This was a lot of data to sort through, and in the end, the survey confirmed many things...

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30 August 2016| Stories, Troy-bilt

School starts Wednesday and I am loosing my summer help.  ‘The help’ (a.k.a. my children) have been “working” for me all summer.  I am quite impressed with the list of tasks they have ticked off of my cleaning and chores lists.  At thirteen, my daughter can be an impressively effective worker(when she feels like it), but my son (at 10) is often a bit of a flake – unless he has power tools. The Troybilt powered by Core Handheld Blower has transformed my littlest into a pint-sized super-helper.   It is lightweight (though...

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garden feng shui by potterybarn
19 August 2016| Plush Yoga

Some interesting ideas here to help you plant something new in your garden.  Have you ever used Feng Shui to plan your living spaces? How about your garden? See more here.   image created by Pottery Barn

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16 August 2016| Landscape Photography

I’ve been trying to make new habits – exercise, diet change, social media consistency, writing consistency, and art making are all on my list of things I want to be more habitual.  There are so many ways to increase your chance of success when trying to make new habits. I’m always on the lookout for ways to trick my mind and structures to set up so that I have less chance of finding a good reason to give up.  My own progress is good (the diet change is quite successful and I’ve recently...

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Amsterdam playhouse via www.pithandvigor.com

Do you have a favorite city? The place you would choose to live if you could choose to live anywhere? Mine is Amsterdam. I love everything about it and I am determined to live there (#bucketlist). It has my kind of weather (i.e. 4-seasons none of them too hot), open-minded Dutch culture, location (it is a great base for traveling constantly), lots of flower farms and tall people (I fit right in). Plus, I dream of living in a skinny canal house with a big garden in the back. It’s...

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12 August 2016| Troy-bilt

Twelve years, five lawn mowers, five string trimmers, and two leaf blowers later, I think I can finally tell you what is matters when buying lawn care equipment. I didn’t set out to be an equipment expert, but when you garden six acres on top of a rocky hill in New England, it just happens. What matters when buying lawn equipment: The equipment needs to work not just the day you take delivery of it, but it also needs to work after it sat in the garage (or in my...

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Garden Tour of La Colombe d'Or image by by Bernadette Marie via www.pithandvigor.com

It’s Wednesday and I find it hard to believe that just four days ago I was in Provence, France. I wish I was still there. I spent a week, but could easily have spent two, or a month, or even the rest of my life. A long vacation was just what I needed to free up my mind so that I could begin to resolve a few business decisions I have been struggling with.  I’ll share more about that later, but for now, I wanted to share a garden that...

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Shopping the nursery - image by Robert and Pat Rogers CC via flickr www.pithandvigor.com
13 July 2016| Proven Winners

It’s July and officially ‘late season’ for plant buying.  (Don’t worry! – you get another chance for regular season planting in the early fall).  In many parts of the country, this is a good time to find sales on perennials – particularly on those that have already peaked (i.e. bloomed) earlier in the season. Garden center and nursery visits are one of the best things about being a garden designer.  I’ve often thought I could make a whole business just leading clients around a well stocked nursery – even a non-gardener...

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soil compost mulch tips - www.pithandvigor.com - image by forrest cavale
29 June 2016| Organics, Proven Winners

I generally feel like I can’t do much of anything about of a whole host of things that concern me (Guns, Breixit, Trump, Global Warming…I’d rather not go on…).  But small measures add up and usually lead to big change – the garden quickly reminds me of that. I have a large garden and 11 years ago I arrived to a couple of nice patches where soil had obviously been imported and dug in deeply. But otherwise it was mostly a discouragingly rocky, acidic, dry hilltop. History tells me that this whole...

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Rochelle GreayerFounder/ Editor

Rochelle Greayer runs PITH + VIGOR, an adaptive publishing project that encourages a greater connection with nature and the environment through gardening, art, design, regional food and meaningful travel. This online platform is a showcase of thoughts and ideas as well as a springboard for creative collaborations, events and classes, and a magazine. In the fall of 2014, the print version of PITH +VIGOR, was launched with a successful crowdfunding campaign. Issue 6 is currently in production. Greayer’s “Cultivating Garden Style” was published by Timber Press in the Autumn of 2014.