Cheers to the NYC Manhattan Greenline Proposal

Cheers to the NYC Manhattan Greenline Proposal

Could it really happen?  Will NYC really turn the forty city blocks that is the diagonal part of Broadway into a giant garden? Please, please, please, Santa say it will be so. NYC is already my favorite place within 3 hours and 37 minutes of my front door (my best peddle-to-the-metal time so far!), and…

Seasonal Song: Josh Ritter – Homecoming

Seasonal Song: Josh Ritter – Homecoming

Without my husband, the soundtrack of my life would either not exist or be filled solely with simplistic drivel that I lazily picked up on a top 40 radio channel.  But with his influence, things are much more interesting – I am regularly introduced to new and thoughtful artists and sublime songs. I am so thankful…

Printable Plant Wrapping Paper

Printable Plant Wrapping Paper

As the spring flowers start to peak their little tips above ground, I am reminded that we are entering into flower picking season.  Last year, where ever I could, I passed on the standard bottle of wine hostess gift and instead made arrangements from my garden. They were always more appreciated and to be frank,…

Needing Street Wisdom

Needing Street Wisdom

I’ve been really frustrated with myself for the past few days.  I had a revelation; an idea I was really excited to write about – it was insightful, it was interesting, it was motivating and original….and I had it while I was walking my dog last week.  Then a guy in an orange jeep drove up,…

Thoughts on How to Make an Attractive City

Thoughts on How to Make an Attractive City

I’ve been serving on a committee with my little town to try to sort out some design guidelines for our ‘commercial district’. If you’ve ever been to Harvard,MA you might ask yourself – what commercial district? And that is sort of the point. For generations this tiny town has had an area where business related…

A Tale of Improving Weather, Gardening and Anaphylactic Shock

A Tale of Improving Weather, Gardening and Anaphylactic Shock

The snow is piling up (over the windows at this point) and my cabin fever is turning into a strange and crazy thing. I think I might be developing photokeratitis. We’ve run out of firewood and the oversized roof-cicles are making me feel like I live in a cage. So it is no wonder that…

Magical Mushrooms

Wow, mushrooms are magical — and not in the ‘make the walls start undulating’ way….but really magical….like in the save the world sort of way. I’ve recently become obsessed with soil (you’d think as a gardener this might have happened a long time ago) but I mean really, really obsessed.  I read Dan Barber’s  The…

Help Push PITH + VIGOR Over The Top!

Wow! The last month has been quite a ride. There are just 4 days left in our campaign to raise $12,000 to launch PITH + VIGOR and as of this morning we have just $2889 left to go. We are going to make a newspaper, we are going to build a community! I can’t wait!…

A List of Women Landscape Designers You Should Know

A List of Women Landscape Designers You Should Know

Last week, in reaction to a recent article on LandArchs Network, a discussion broke out on a friend’s facebook page (article here, discussion here).  The story was about 10 planting designers to know, and as remarkable as all the people on the list are, the reality of there only being one woman (Beth Chatto) on…

Weekend Things

Whew,  this week has been a roller coaster.   The book is finally – FINALLY! –  done.  I quite happily spent a large amount of time making new proposals for the cover (I am soooo much happier with the new version to come! – I’ll share it next week once it is final).  Despite being…