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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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How to plant bulb lawns the easy way

I’d always wanted a flowery mead. (AKA – a bulb lawn for the less romantic among us). And to be honest it took the help of flowerbulbs.com to finally get me there. I started as many garden makers do – too timid and too light-handed with my intentions. Back in 2011, I wrote about how […]

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I’ve been planting way more bulbs than I once did. And not just spring bulbs, but summer bulbs, fall bulbs and even winter bulbs. I’ve moved beyond the standards. Daffodils, tulips and old favorite flower garden bulbs are in my collection, but I’m increasingly drawn to wilder and more natural looking specimens. And native bulbs. […]

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UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A MOSS-COVERED ROCK IN YOUR PERFECTLY MANICURED, ABUNDANTLY PRODUCTIVE GARDEN, YOU KNOW THAT BACKYARD CHICKENS ARE A “THING.” IT SEEMS LATELY EVERYONE IS BUILDING A CUTE LITTLE COOP IN THEIR BACKYARD TO HOUSE EVERYTHING FROM A SUBURBAN-FRIENDLY TRIO TO A DOZEN HENS OR MORE. AND YOU CAN’T BEAT FRESH EGGS.  […]

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midnight marvel hibiscus www.pithandvigor.com

Which plant is literally on fire in our Coastal Maine garden right now? Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel.’ I admittedly ordered this hardy hibiscus on a whim when we needed to add some more late season color to our new planting beds. It is not a strictly tropical plant (in fact it is hardy to zone 4), […]

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I am adding a bunch of berries to my garden, but my berry planting intentions stretch beyond the ordinary strawberry, blueberry, raspberry mix. There are three less common and different things I am interested in – Elderflower (and elderberries), Gooseberry, and blackberry plants, and I am excited about each for a variety of reasons. Fall […]

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Coco Chanel is an icon of fashion design being both a symbol of modernism (at least for her time) and classic design.  So, when Susan Cohan challenged me to a garden design mood board throw-down with Coco Chanel as the inspiration, I happily accepted. For this garden, I was inspired by the classic taste of […]

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