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 around the garden world, I get to fill in the blanks to make stories come to life on the page –  which is how I found myself bribing my son to allow me to photograph him running…

Inspirations: Betsy the Bluebird

Inspirations: Betsy the Bluebird

Nine days ago we got side tracked on the way down the driveway. An afternoon of errand running got waylaid by a small bird hopping and trying to quickly flap her way off the road in front of the car. We stopped, we gathered her up and detoured to the local antique shop where days before I…

Instant Garden Party: Boxman Studios

  I’m planning a heck of a party this summer and ground zero for the shindig will be my barn.  I’m lucky to have a barn (centered in my garden) where such an event can play out — but if I didn’t — I’d be all over this Boxman Studios option.  Boxman Studios have converted shipping containers into movable,…

How to Build a Stick Fort

How to Build a Stick Fort

Toys that leave something to the imagination are hard to come by.   Even harder are those that actually aim to encourage your kids to go outside and make something original.  So when I stumbled across stick-lets I immediately pre-ordered a couple sets (they are already sold out and so you will have to wait…

The Banging Wall in the Woods

The Banging Wall in the Woods

For gardens with kids…. There is something so magical about this simple creation by an artistic mom for the enjoyment of her children.  It is a banging wall — located far away from the house – in the woods.  Perfect. See how Vera made it at her blog. image from make and play.

Garden Gallery: Jerry’s Desert Rooms

Garden Gallery: Jerry’s Desert Rooms

I find the idea behind Jerry Sohn’s desert garden rooms unbelievably inspiring.   Wanting a place in the vast landscape of the Mojave Desert  (where he owns a small house),  he commissioned Architect Arata Isozaki to create rooms in this place — one for each season. Jerry likes to sleep outdoors with his family and enjoy the night…

DIY: How to Make A Hobbit House (In Your Garden)

DIY: How to Make A Hobbit House (In Your Garden)

Hayden Regina – creator of the Hobbit Houses at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Michigan – is joining us today to share how he created a set of charming little houses in the gardens from simple materials that cost around $250 each.  Who doesn’t want to live like Frodo and Bilbo? Or at least pretend…

Garden Gallery: Mennen’s Gravel Garden

Garden Gallery: Mennen’s Gravel Garden

Mennen’s gravel garden has been evolving over the last couple of years.  It is full of recycled treasures and what once was a space largely catering to her children, the updated and more sophisticated design is definitely more adult.  (adult gardens certainly need tire swings hanging from acacia trees that provide obvious and generous room for a…

DIY: Great Halloween Ideas

DIY: Great Halloween Ideas

The starter motor in my car was dead this morning, so I have to drive the truck.  Driving the truck makes everything feel different.  It is the vehicular equivalent of rose colored glasses…except it makes me sing old country songs and desperately want to go junking – which I think I might do.  I have an appointment this…

Zip Lines (Trend?)

Zip Lines (Trend?)

Have you noticed that zip lines are kinda popping up every where?  Indy 500, Super Bowl, parks, back yards (I have one), — I think we are  (and are going to) see more and more of them. Last fall my husband and spent a weekend in NYC with our necks craned, imagining how cool it…