Gardens Bring Buffalo Back to Life: A Story of Urban Renewal

Are you struggling with the neighborhood in which you live?  Are the 'cons' besting the 'pros' no matter how long you make that list?  Are promises of 'urban renewal' by [...]

Time For a Tomato Tasting!

Are you proud of what’s coloring up the garden this year?  Are you wondering if all the time, energy and money you have spent on growing the perfect tomato is [...]

There’s Still Time to Plant for Summer!

This week I have been clearing a couple of my raised vegetable beds of cabbage, garlic, shallots and ancient pea vines to make room for a few last chance direct [...]

Plant Those Trees!

As we begin to move later into the year and approach the fabulous fall planting season, it’s time to think about the trees we’d like to see sharing our space.  [...]

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a collection of columns filled with humor and gentle gardening advice.

Conversations in the Garden®

Creation vs. Maintenance: A Balancing Act

One of the most popular talks I've been giving lately deals with maintenance and balancing one’s life with one’s garden – more specifically, not taking on [...]

Don’t Agonize. Strategize.

Temperatures are rising, and motivation to cultivate the garden around us is dropping – even if such cultivation is as simple as waving a hose over [...]

A Tech Rant. With Apologies to My Dutch Friends

TO:   Emma, Site Hosting Representative FROM:  One of the confused millions RE:   Our unfortunate exchange last night.   I’m sorry I yelled at you. When I [...]

Making August Exciting

 “I’ve got a column for you,” said my well-dressed host as we toured his garden not so long ago. I gave him my full attention – [...]

When little becomes big – Avoiding the headache.

  It’s disconcerting to realize your plants are bigger.  A lot bigger. When a tree or shrub finally grips the earth with a committed heart and [...]

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – June 2017

I'm new to this, but as the Garden Bloggers' Fling is in my neighborhood this year, and I'll be joining a lot of wonderful garden bloggers [...]

Come See Me!

I'll be speaking at numerous public and private events in Maryland and Northern Virginia in 2017, and would love to see you! Whether it's about making [...]

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 this site is all about  […]

Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic?

August’s Garden

August is deep summer.  Fireflies are at their peak, and I find myself wishing it were evening so I could watch them from the deck [...]

Holiday Savings with Mason Jar Company

$30 off Sun Basket

Here We Go Again….Or Will We?

There’s an extremely serious discussion going on at my place right now.  At issue is whether or not I go to the trouble of setting up a large water feature [...]

The Beauty and Balance of a Small Garden

As is usual at this time of year, I am touring other people’s gardens one day only to spend the next 48 hours in mine, rethinking everything from plant choices [...]

Falling behind on the planting schedule?

By this point in your seed starting efforts, you are most likely aware of what is working and what is not.     Perhaps you have a plastic container full [...]

You Can Leave Your Hat On

Very few of us can honestly say we look better naked.  Fabric is a true and loyal friend, and that bond grows ever stronger as we age. This week I [...]

News of Interest

Small Town Gardener Wins a GWA Silver Media Award for 2017!

July 3, 2017  – Marianne Willburn received the 2017 Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement for newspaper columns with a circulation of over 20,000 presented by [...]

The 2017 PHS Flower Show – “Holland” is So Much More Than Bulbs

Choosing a theme like “Holland: Flowering the World” gives the Philadelphia Flower Show a great opportunity to surprise and delight the public.  After all, attendees already [...]