People Who Plant: Neil Best – Landscape Architect & Stone Builder

People Who Plant: Neil Best – Landscape Architect & Stone Builder

Neil Best is a landscape architect and builder whose favorite part of the job is getting his hands dirty and using stone to create timeless outdoor spaces. Along with his wife, Samantha, who is also a landscape architect and who specializes in planting, they create gardens. Their company, Magma Design in Rehoboth, MA, works throughout…

Meet Ellen Hoverkamp – Fall 2015 Cover Artist

Meet Ellen Hoverkamp – Fall 2015 Cover Artist

Connecticut artist Ellen Hoverkamp has exhibited her work in galleries and solo shows throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. She won the Garden Writers Association 2013 Gold Medal in Photography for her collaboration with Ken Druse on Natural Companions: The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations published in 2012 by STC Books. Hoverkamp’s…

Into Africa: Learning To Make Keyhole Gardens In Rwanda

Into Africa: Learning To Make Keyhole Gardens In Rwanda

  by Eddie DeJong Keyhole gardens: One of those buzz words that seem to be taking over the gardening world. A circular raised bed with a central composting bin, and a path to the center (a slice of the circle cut out) that originated in Africa. The whole keyhole garden concept came up quickly –…

Meet Some Awesome People

Meet Some Awesome People

I am a little behind with this post (I meant to do this right after PITH + VIGOR’s print Issue #2 came out – and I am so sorry that I am just getting to it now) – but I want you to meet a bunch of super fantastic people.  They are each so talented…

If You Could Talk to a Plant, What Would You Ask It?

If You Could Talk to a Plant, What Would You Ask It?

I thought these answers, given by school children at Tower Hill Botanic Garden over the recent winter break, were too charming and (sometimes) thoughtful not to share.   What would you ask? Read More

People Who Plant #4 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #4 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

Owen: “You should see the s*** we found in this plot when we first excavated.” Mackenzie: “There was all kinds of like, car keys buried. Like somebody stole a bunch of cars or something – I don’t know it was really weird … There were six or seven sets of car keys. Why would you be burying car keys? It seemed…

People Who Plant #3 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #3 : At Fenway Victory Gardens

“I am a former physician and I never used my hands on the ground. And I come here and I look around and thought, I am going to be really smart. I will find out the garden under the big tree, and whatever they will say to me, I will say “sorry, it’s a root system, we can’t destroy [it],”…

People Who Plant #2: At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #2: At Fenway Victory Gardens

“We have a lot of gardeners who are older; who gave a lot earlier — they saved the gardens actually a number of times. Like Phyllis — unfortunately she’s in the hospital right now, she’s 94 and she has a double plot right up off the center. She was around when the Red Sox were…

People Who Plant: On Location In Americas Oldest Victory Garden

People Who Plant: On Location In Americas Oldest Victory Garden

Who are modern gardeners? We are people who hope to grow food that we can feel sure of and we need a calm place to enjoy a few quiet minutes of lush green leafiness every once in a while. A garden is our haven where digging, watering and weeding are not just meditative, but much needed exercise. Our horticultural successes and the…

People Who Plant #1: At Fenway Victory Gardens

People Who Plant #1: At Fenway Victory Gardens

“I grew up on a farm near Lowell and Billerica. That was a long, long time ago and a completely different environment with planes flying over with chemicals. We go organic now; we have rules about it here… We had an owl come down over there. It’s not the first time but, uh, it had…