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Hey There! I’m Rochelle Greayer. I’m a garden designer on TV and IRL. I’m also an author and entrepreneur who thinks she can save the world by teaching everyone a little something about landscape design.



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I have a relatively short list of garden writers that I actually really like to read. There is Michael Pollan, Amy Stewart, Tim Richardson and Alys Fowler. James Alexander Sinclair can always make me laugh and the odd book by Elizabeth Gilbert inspires me too. I am sure there are others that I am forgetting […]

It is the first warm(ish) weekend of spring and there is no more snow predicted (whoot!). By Sunday evening I’m hoping to tuck into a lovely holiday dinner knowing that my body earned the extra calories of those au gratin potatoes – having cleaned up countless piles of spring garden debris. Every spring I seem […]

How on earth did that small arborvitae I planted in front of the house get so huge? It happens all the time. Either a previous owner, or maybe it was you, planted something that was tiny when it was new, but over the years it has slowly turned into a hulking monster. It is really […]

I thought I would share some images of a garden called Denmans which was the home of famed British garden designer John Brookes.  Brookes passed away a few days ago and it has me thinking not only about the way we live our lives – thoughts that always come to me when I hear about […]

Years ago I wrote a post about the 8 books every garden creator should own.  I’ve revisited it a few times since and found little need to update what I said back then. Until now. I realize that while I still insist that you need at least one book about gardening in your region and […]

Doors To Planting Design Boot Camp Close In: Create Beautiful Planting Schemes & a Stunning Garden Without Wasting Your Time & Money on the Wrong Plants STOP! Don’t Even Think About Going to the Garden Center With Out A Planting Plan! Why? Because we all know how the story ends… …A whole bunch of money […]

I gave up cross stitching after some serious burnout from making a pillow for a sorority sister back in college. But with colorful cording and fencing wire, I think I might be back in the game.  I need more flowers on my house and I love the way Raquel Rodrigo’s Urban Garden Cross-Stitching looks on a […]

The Society Garden Designers help their annual awards ceremony on Friday night and as I checked out all the winners in earnest – I was most pleased to learn that Fernando Caruncho was given the lifetime achievement award. His work has been an inspiration for me for many years.  As I am wrapping up the […]

I’ve got a backlog of open tabs (again) – all things I think are worth sharing with you – but that I haven’t had time to write a whole cohesive post about.  My computer is getting sluggish because of it, so I need to shut those tabs down! I’m going to fire off a few […]

How do you really feel about Winter? Yeah – Tell me about it. I’m a snowboarding, cozy nights, fireplace-loving, warm drinks kind of girl, but I’ll be honest, the realities of the last 13 years in New England have put a damper on my winter loving ways. Back home (in Colorado) the snow comes and […]

Have you ever read The Language of Flowers?  It is a sweet novel that will appeal to anyone who has ideas about living a charming life as a florist but who also loves a good story. I recommend it. As valentines day approaches, and in the spirit of the book, I think it is fun […]

I am in planning mode.  I’m putting together all the pieces of the first ever P+V class and I am making plans for the rest of the year as well.  I’ve got lots of things on my mind and I have some questions for you. I haven’t done a Reader Survey in a few years and I’d like […]

I am so excited (and nervous, but nervous excited…) to announce PITH + VIGOR’s first educational offering. In just about 3 weeks, (Feb 1, 2018) I am kicking off a two-week course to teach you the basics of garden design. Participants will learn how to create a master plan and concept for their own garden. […]

Do you find the terms associated with seeds a little confusing?  What do open pollinated, hybrid, heirloom and organic mean and why do you care? First let me start by saying that there is absolutely nothing wrong with any seed choice you make. But you might find you have a few preferences if you understand […]

Do you have an abundance of wacky citrus fruit and it is the middle of winter?  That probably means you followed Matt’s advice from growing citrus indoors… or mine from my own experiences – and now, you need something wonderful to do with all that beautiful fresh fruit.  Do this, Homegrown Provençale Citrus Marmalade, you won’t […]

Alternative title:  How to Have an Orangerie Even if You Aren’t a Member of a Royal Family Alternative Title #2 : Juicy Fruits – The Taste is Gonna Move Ya Few indoor plants can combine so much value within a single pot as citrus trees. There are the obvious benefits – a lovely, small tree, […]

As I write this, it is undoubtedly wreath season (mid-December) – but I’ve always thought that beautiful decoration made from the gatherings of nature and the garden is something that could be done year round. Of course, it is true – there are already wreaths for Easter, St. Patricks day, Fourth of July and just […]

Have you ever heard that bit about there being lots of Eskimo words for snow?  Where Eskimos, because they deal with snow so much, supposedly have many more words to describe snow and its nuances. True or not, it is a fact that we more commonly use words for things we experience commonly.  So I offer […]

When I was little and first learning to match colors in my clothes, I remember my mother telling me many times that I should think about nature when trying to figure if one thing goes with another.  By her logic, everything looks good with green, because any colored flower looks great next to a pretty […]

I want that bad…I don’t care that it costs about 10,000 USD…I still want it. ”Ceci n’est pas une brouette” means ”this is not a wheelbarrow” in French, and it’s not, it’s an armchair designed by Philippe Starck for XO.  Available from Made in Design. .  

Do you do anything special to mark the winter solstice as a holiday or special day? It isn’t one of my main holidays – or even what you might call a secondary holiday (like Arbor Day!).  But I can’t help to always feel like I need to make a nod to the evening when everything […]