Eating Well Shouldn’t Be An Elite Sport

Human beings have sought control of their outside environments for millennia – and not without a great deal of effort. When Harry Hunter-Gatherer decided to alter the course of human [...]

Leaving Under Duress: The Gardener’s Vacation

Visitors by the millions are heading to beaches worldwide during these weeks of summer, and no doubt there are a few who, while enjoying the sun, surf and sangria, are [...]

A Tropical Response to Humidity

Humidity. It’s separating the men from the boys right now.   Only last weekend I was forced to deride guests for scuttling back inside during a deck party. The key [...]

A Few Good Plants

Granted, the miraculous shoot from the base of this 'slightly alive' Gordonia lasianthus is exciting - but loses it's thrill when it's an annual occurrence. I am at [...]

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Conversations in the Garden®

Mid-Atlantic Gardening – Not for The Faint of Heart

I can’t remember which of the many gardening books I was reading the day I jubilantly came across the statement, “If you can garden in the [...]

My Romance with Becky

Given sufficient provenance, the memory of a plant can hold a place in our affections just as the memory of an old love affair. In fact, [...]

Let the Garden Soften the Journey

  We'd had a bad day, he and I. Not together mind you, but each in our separate lanes, navigating the daily demons that divert us [...]

Varmints: First, a rant. Then, a solution.

Disappointment. 8 feet of peas = 4 peas. It was, in many ways, inevitable.  If you build it, they will come, if you plant [...]

Smile and Adapt: Gardening the Unexpected

A dry hot April, a wet cold May.  What is the world coming to?  Late April freezes have nixed the wisteria show for gardeners, yet month [...]

Passion & pain. Perspective & purpose.

That’s what gardening brings to our lives – a sense of connection to the world around us.  And that’s what The Small Town Gardener is all about.

To ensure that you (and I) have time to actually get some work done out there, I don’t tend to provide endless updates on the state of my mesclun, mind or marriage  (for the record – fairly spicy, fairly sound, fairly stable).  Instead, you’ll find a collection of my columns mixed with tips, advice and resources for managing and enjoying your garden month-to-month.

So for the moments when you aren’t creating, maintaining or battling in the garden, grab a mug or glass of something good and let’s commiserate together. In addition, subscribing to the Facebook page will alert you to other articles and tips that aren’t posted here.    Are you a Mid-Atlantic gardener? This Month’s Garden will give you an idea of what you should be thinking about right now.

A garden doesn’t have to be perfect.  It doesn’t have to be large.  And in the middle of August, it doesn’t even have to be green.  It just has to be yours.  Your balcony, your patio, your rented city lot or ten acre deer preserve.  Whatever you garden, wherever you garden – join me as we plunge our hands in the earth and begin to reconnect.

The Garden Tchotchke Conundrum

We’ve all got them. Tchotchkes. Knick knacks. Doodads. More kindly put – and through squinted eyes – objets d’art. Unless you’re a minimalist with an inflexible disposition, your rooms and [...]

Conquering Prejudice One Plant at a Time

I’ve never liked Rhododendron. There, I’ve said it.  I’ve opened myself up to the maelstrom of indignant rhodo-lovers who up until this moment thought I was a dedicated advocate for [...]

Ordered Chaos: The Case for a Potting Station

In every home there is a place where unfolded laundry is thrown and a week’s worth of junk is shoved when guests rap upon the door unexpectedly. For some lucky [...]

Somebody Stop Me: The Frenzy of Plant Buying

It would take a stronger woman than I to walk away. We’re acquiring right now. Oh come on, don’t pretend that you’re the only one abstaining.  Seventy-five degrees [...]

News of Interest

Outer Banks Vacation This Year? Consider an Elizabethan Garden Tour…

How many gardeners are currently being held against their will in beach houses up and down the Outer Banks while their families burn themselves crispy on [...]

AND IT’S OFF!

Huge smile of relief as the book manuscript heads off to my editor at Skyhorse Publishing with a click of the mouse (and thanks to the [...]

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