A Rose Named Julia

A Rose Named Julia

In 1998, when Danielle Hahn and her husband, Bill, decided to become rose growers on their 15-acre property in Carpinteria,…

The Festival of Children De-bunking Internet Lore

The Festival of Children De-bunking Internet Lore

  Here is the blow by blow chart of how this played out. (open chart images in a new tab…

Insta-Stalking Aussies and Hellebores

Insta-Stalking Aussies and Hellebores

There are only a couple of things that get me through the last days of winter –  insta-stalking Aussie gardeners…

Thoughts for the New Year, and A 2016 Garden Design Trends Forecast (download)

Thoughts for the New Year, and A 2016 Garden Design Trends Forecast (download)

Hello readers.  I am both excited and nervous to share a project that I have been working on for the…

Foraged Winter Wreath Making

Foraged Winter Wreath Making

I give up – I’ve been waiting for days to finish this little photo shoot of all the wreaths and…

Inspired By Luisa Brimble

Inspired By Luisa Brimble

I am nearly midway through a photography and styling class with Holly Becker of Decor8.  As we learn to create…

A Rake and A Pitchfork – Give Good Garden Tools II

A Rake and A Pitchfork – Give Good Garden Tools II

As promised, here are a couple more good garden tools (one rake, one pitchfork) that I not only love, but…

Give Good Garden Tools

Give Good Garden Tools

Have your ever noticed how tasks done with the right tools can often go from tedious and tiresome to enjoyable…

A Rememberance Garden At Sericourt

A Rememberance Garden At Sericourt

I spent most of yesterday sorting out a computer upgrade, a messed up router and hanging with my little people…

The Secret of Bulb Culture – How to Tell a Good Bulb

The Secret of Bulb Culture – How to Tell a Good Bulb

I found this sweet 1909 Boddington’s Plant catalog and Autumn Garden guide with a page titled ‘The Secret of Bulb…

Japanese Black Soil and Hexagon Garden – Seeing The Beauty of Dirt

Japanese Black Soil and Hexagon Garden – Seeing The Beauty of Dirt

I was struck by this garden when I first saw it.  I thought, “that will be nice once it is…

Loving Gatsby Pink Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Loving Gatsby Pink Oak Leaf Hydrangea

As we clean up the garden this weekend, I found myself repeatedly coming back to visit the Gatsby Pink Oak…

Personal Branding and Beautiful Spring Bulbs

Personal Branding and Beautiful Spring Bulbs

Jeff Bezos (that Amazon guy) defines your personal brand as the thing that people say about you when you aren’t…

Sowing A Waterwise Suburban Meadow: A Plant Study

Sowing A Waterwise Suburban Meadow: A Plant Study

In the Autumn 2015 Issue of PITH + VIGOR we followed designer Claire Kettelkamp of Kettelkamp and Kettelkamp around a…

Trending: Garden Based Natural Food Coloring

Trending: Garden Based Natural Food Coloring

We’ve made Easter eggs with onion skins, cabbage and turmeric and I’ve always found the warm muted earthy tones more appealing than…

Freaky Florals: Last Minute Halloween Decoration Inspiration from Instagram

Freaky Florals: Last Minute Halloween Decoration Inspiration from Instagram

Instagram is my not-so-secret superpower (way more than pinterest these days!) and whenever I need an idea, the community of…

Harvesting Red Twig Dogwood Stems – When, Why, How and Where

Harvesting Red Twig Dogwood Stems – When, Why, How and Where

The time is just about here if you are interested in foraging or harvesting your garden for the beautiful red…

A Harvest of Agriculture and Art

A Harvest of Agriculture and Art

The hotels around here are all sold out, the apple orchard across the street has called an ‘all-hands’, every door…

Water-balloon Mushroom Fruits and The Tao of Terrior (Part 1 & Part 2)

Water-balloon Mushroom Fruits and The Tao of Terrior (Part 1 & Part 2)

A mushroom is really just the fruit of a giant mycorrhizal (probably perennial) organism that lives underground. I learned that…

Backyard Biology – Designing A Garden To Be A Kid’s Science Lab

Backyard Biology – Designing A Garden To Be A Kid’s Science Lab

As the editor of this newspaper, my job is mostly to bring ideas together, and as they flow in from…

Goldilocks & The Just Right Plant

Goldilocks & The Just Right Plant

by Joanne Neale GARDENERS CAN SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM “GOLDILOCKS” SYNDROME. A FAVORITE PLANT IS JUST TOO BIG FOR THE SPACE,…

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