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I'm a former rocket scientist turned garden designer (on TV and IRL). 
Yes, seriously. 
I'm also and author, entrepreneur and activist who thinks she can help save the planet (and make it a whole lot prettier) by teaching everyone a little something about landscape design. 


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The heat of the summer has me looking forward to the cooler days of fall planting.  With a lead time of about two months, I’m going to try growing glow in the dark mushrooms this year.  A few magical logs on the front porch, giving off an eerie night light will next level the Halloween […]

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mirrored stainles steele obelisk by David Harbor Sundials seen in Pettifers Garden in Oxfordshire by clive nichols

How to fix size, light and balance problems in your garden with a mirror. Mirrors are an easy way to solve some of the most common garden design issues.

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Eddie Dejong Keyhole garden maker wita gardens contributor to www.pithandvigor.com

  by Eddie DeJong – Founder of Vita Gardens and creator of all those Keyhole garden beds you see at Costco. Keyhole gardens: One of those buzz words – keyhole garden – that seem to be taking over the gardening world. A circular raised bed with a central composting bin, and a path to the […]

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How to Plant a Tree So That it Doesn't Die

For years, I used the planting bed near my front door as a holding area for new things that didn’t yet have a permanent home.  It was a mish–mash mess that was exhausting to look at. I needed a cohesive design that highlights the house (especially now that it is freshly painted!). The before is […]

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Celtic Garden Belvedere from www.pithandvigor.com

Writing a book requires reaching out to many people you might not otherwise have cause to contact. Interviews and image research require countless cold calls. This part of the project required me to mentally psych myself up for. And at the end, it is what truly exhausted me (I guess the result of being a […]

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moss garden

I’m always up for being sent off on a research tangent.  Not knowing where it will end up, what I will learn and what will inspire me to something else, is endlessly satisfying.  So when my friend Patrick recently inquired about garden moss on another post… “Have garden designers incorporated moss species into their creations, […]

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