Conversations in the Garden 2018-02-20T20:40:41+00:00

I’m Not Starting Seeds This Year. Here’s Why.

I’ve got better priorities. Granted, this is a pretty gutsy thing to say as a garden columnist, but before you revoke my license, let me tell you exactly why I [...]

Sorting, Testing, and Storing Those Seeds

My mother has seed packets that are older than I am. Frugality plays a role here I am sure, but nostalgia is probably at the heart of it. I still [...]

Just Starting to Plan? My Top Five Tips for Beginner Gardeners.

This week, five tips for beginner gardeners just starting to plan their spring gardens.   Tip #1. Keep it small Whatever else I try to do in this column, my [...]

Sprouts! A Winter Garden in Your Kitchen

Many activities we perform in this life (and which others might never consider) are undertaken simply because we saw them modeled for us as children or young adults. Exposure to [...]

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My Stiff Upper Lip Has Frozen In Place

Well, that’s December over with.  I say this with a great deal of regret, as December is my resting month in the garden and it is [...]

Create a Wildlife Tree from Your Christmas Tree

It's over.   Most people in the country are doing one of four things right now. ① Breathing a sigh of relief. ② Wondering where December [...]

A Longwood Christmas: Not Just For Gardeners

Perhaps you’ve heard that approximately 2 ½ hours north of Central Maryland there is a world-class garden where fireworks and fountains explode every summer, horticultural splendor [...]

Of Gifts and Guilt: Five Rules for Plant Giving

‘Tis the season for giving, and once this season ‘tis over, another one ‘tis right around the corner. So this morning it occurs to me to [...]

May I introduce Mungo?

  Many long time readers don't need an introduction to Mungo, our well-loved Jack Russell who is my constant companion in the garden.  Every garden should [...]

End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

  Now that the garden has gently shifted into architecture and mush, it’s time to reflect on the plants we grew this season and decide whether [...]

Gift Ideas and Events for The Holiday Season

December first and I’m just as shocked as you are by how quickly it got here. However, as I was sunning myself on foreign beaches last [...]

Marianne Willburn

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  […]

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Maintenance vs. Stewardship: Turning a New Leaf

I’m not a fan of renaming something in order to change public perception. Language is powerful, minds are pliable and as any politician knows, we can quickly distance ourselves from [...]

A Better Black Friday

Whether we have fully accepted it or not, the holiday season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. You may reject the idea of Big Box lines at 2am for [...]

Let’s Discuss, Not Demonize.

I don’t bring politics into this column as a rule.  One, we have enough of that sort of thing relentlessly bombarding us without my two cents on the subject. Two, [...]

Disconnecting to Connect: The Modern Challenge

“Is the world getting more complicated, or am I just getting older?” said my sister over the phone this week.  My junior by eight years, she is awash in toddler [...]

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The Cats in My Life: Pepper

  Where to begin. I'm a Jack Russell Terrier.  I know it and They knew it way before there was any talk of bringing me into [...]

Plant People and Parties

  I’m not into these big parties She likes to throw. Lots of smells, lots of chaos, usually lots of little kids and everyone way too [...]

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