It’s Time To Bring The Houseplants In

It’s a tough season for the gardener who loves to entertain.  We know that we should bring in big healthy houseplants that have spent the summer outside, such as schefflera, [...]

Planning Now for a More Manageable Garden Later

Many believe wholeheartedly that the time to plan your garden is in the depths of winter. Perhaps this is true in terms of the minutiae; but after years of implementing [...]

Portrait of a Weed: Japanese Stilt Grass

Usually, a couple of hours outside on my hands and knees is all it takes to get the wheels of the mind careening toward a publishable, if highly editable, product.  [...]

Succulents: Overwintering a Trend

No group of plants has been hotter in the last three years than succulents.  They’re on tables, in terrariums, and garnishing everything from delicate wrists to salad plates.  If you [...]

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Conversations in the Garden®

Should You Plan (and Plant) a Cutting Garden?

I have a friend who has always considered a weekly bouquet of fresh flowers a necessity.  She is French however, and they are presumably taught such [...]

Preserving the Harvest or Preserving My Sanity?

I have been in and out of canning jars for three days now, trying in turns to preserve the harvest, fulfil my writing deadlines, manage my [...]

Order Bulbs for The Spring Garden (Before Everyone Else Has)

Few things motivate a gardener the way that getting a plant ahead of another gardener does;  and by the end of August we need motivation more [...]

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Facing, and Enjoying, The Garden in August

Where do you and your garden stand right now?  Let me take a wild guess. The spring flush of puppy love is gone, obviously.  That was [...]

Every Garden Has Its Weakness: Here’s Mine.

For all the successes I have had with our new garden at Oldmeadow, there are parts of this space that defy any attempts to create beauty.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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October’s Garden

Gardeners or not, human beings scuttle around during the month of October crossing their 't's and dotting their 'i's before winter. Thankfully we've got an [...]

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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.  [...]

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 a project that creates [...]

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 tasteful assortment of [...]

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 [...]

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