Mixing It Up: Flowers, Foliage and Vegetables

Taking a friend home the other day, we briefly stopped at my house first.  From the windows of the car I stared at the new growth popping up in the [...]

The Redbuds are Coming! The Redbuds are Coming!

This morning I spent two precious hours as a machete-wielding rock climber cutting back vines and brambles.  This is not an unusual occupation when you live in a woodland, but [...]

Let the Cutting Back Begin

By the beginning of April, seed starting has been featuring heavily on the gardener’s weekend to-do list, claiming what little time we have between catch-up laundry and filing the dreaded [...]

How to Make the Seed Packet Chaos Easier

  If you prefer to grow much of your garden from seed, the process of starting it can be a chaotic mess that will plague you from February till the [...]

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Standing on The Edge of a New Season

Wednesday night’s after-school activities (and I suppose one could argue, after-life activities) consist of a long drive to a neighboring community where my daughter attends her [...]

Garden Book SPRING GIVEAWAY!

It’s the first day of SPRING and in celebration I’ll be giving away a copy of my new book 'Big Dreams, Small Garden' each month of [...]

Navigating an Early Season in The Garden

Well, it certainly feels as if we’ve thwarted the groundhog. Yet I have thought this many times during my life on the East Coast and ended [...]

Planning For…The Winter Garden?

When the holiday buzz was blissfully over, you probably looked around your decorated surroundings with a calm eye and thought: “I’d like to find an [insert [...]

Big Dreams, Small Garden

Over the last eight years, I have written many columns encouraging people to face the space in which they find themselves and to create the garden [...]

Same Old, Same Old? Don’t Groundhog Day Your Landscape.

Tempus fugit, and it’s currently fugiting at an alarming pace.  I am recently returned from trips and conferences that swallowed up December and January in phases [...]

Are Garden Kits Right for You?

I’ve just returned from an exhausting but eye-popping week at MANTS, the annual Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore.  And, 3000 booths and a lot of [...]

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  […]

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April’s Garden

The signs of spring right now are real, but can feel like an illusion when the wind is gusting.  But, assuming that the earth has [...]

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Forcing Is a Beautiful Thing

It may be cold. And windy. And fairly miserable at six in the morning when you’ve misplaced the car scraper. But let me remind you that we have already passed [...]

Nothing To Lose: Planting LATE

“So what are we growing right now?” was the question asked of me last week as I escaped hearth and home for a little day-after-Christmas retail therapy.  The questioner: a [...]

So You Waited Until The Very Last Minute?

Christmas is upon us this week, I have recently added another birthday notch to my leather belt, and now we stand upon the brink of another long, cold winter.  Of [...]

Making a Lot Out of a Little, Holiday Style.

At this time of year there is much advice floating about to “use natural materials” to create amazing holiday decorations cheaply. Indeed I’ve floated much of it myself. When [...]

News of Interest

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 [...]

PPA names Asclepias tuberosa 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

Though I annually make fun of the design and fashion addicts that sit in rapt attention waiting for Pantone to release their “Color of the Year” [...]

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