hellebores by Alicia Schwede via www.pithandvigor.om
Posted by Rochelle |

There are only a couple of things that get me through the last days of winter -  insta-stalking Aussie gardeners and hellebores. This year, my...

harvesting redtwig dogwood for winter decorations via www.pithandvigor.com image by @localcolorflowers
Posted by Rochelle |

The time is just about here if you are interested in foraging or harvesting your garden for the beautiful red twigs of Cornus sericea that...

Cake flowers - Trends in using garden fresh flowers on cakes) by abby larson for www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

When I arrived home from Florida yesterday (I was there speaking at Epcot's International Garden Festival) I noted a few daffodils in bloom along the...

Posted by Rochelle |

Have you ever 'weeded' out a plant - sure that it was a nuisance only to realize later that it was something you intended? I...

Easter Tree designed by Roanne Robbins photographed by Kelly Fitzsommons for www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

The old Germanic tradition of the Easter tree has made its way into modern American custom. These trees have not achieved the popularity of that...

Cutting garden shrubs
Posted by Rochelle |

I'm finally starting to believe that eventually these piles of snow will recede - we have a long way to go here in New England, but...

Posted by Rochelle |

Do you have plans this weekend? Why not take a hike outside and gather the makings of beautiful floral arrangement? If you were able to...

Posted by rodney eason |

During 2015 at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we are preparing to focus our educational programming around the theme of Myth, Magic, and Medicine of Plants....

Posted by rochelle greayer |

After so many years of installing countless commercial and residential holiday containers, I could do it in my sleep. Seriously, winter containers have to be...

Posted by rochelle greayer |

After years of yanking the pervasive (and invasive) red roots of bittersweet from my garden beds, I am highly paranoid about the re-introduction of this...

Posted by rodney eason |

Have you started planting your spring bulbs? We started planting last week at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and hope to be finished by early next...

Posted by rodney eason |

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock. I started naming random actors whose names relay beauty and attraction. If you were...

setaria palmifolia by Katja Schulz
Posted by rodney eason |

*sort of When I say sort of, I am alluding to the fact that this plant that looks like a palm is not really a...

Anigozanthos land by faroutflora via www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by rodney eason |

Funny how one person can say something and then more and more people start to repeat it until their words spread around. Here in Maine,...

Posted by rodney eason |

I have written before about how much I like the Hartlage Wine sweetshrub. Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' is still a standout performer in our...

Gillenia trifoliata
Posted by rodney eason |

I think this Summer has been absolutely fantastic here in Maine. So far, there has been plenty of sunshine and enough warmth to make everything...

Phygelius
Posted by rodney eason |

It feels great to be home. For the past week and a half, I was on the road between Maine and Pennsylvania, Boston and Denver....

halesia tree by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by rochelle greayer |

This time of year is such a treat.  It is so full of beautiful flowering trees and shrubs that it is hard to take it...

Miss Wilmott Eryngium
Posted by rodney eason |

Have you ever heard of Ellen Willmott? She was an heiress who blew through her fortune on gardens and plants. Hailing from the UK, she...

Posted by rochelle greayer |

As a designer I am not immune to creative dry spells - but the key to maintaining a steady stream of ideas is to know...

ikeas ideas for a natural easter via www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by rochelle greayer |

Its in Swedish so you will have to allow google to translate for you but Ikea has some beautifully earthy ideas for easter on their...