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 that lives within them. [...]

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 of preparation, execution and [...]

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 handshakes later, I am [...]

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 [...]

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

Conversations in the Garden®

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Food-Waste Disconnect

A perfect storm of circumstance ended in a coffee-filled rant on Facebook on Friday, and while I stand by those words (many of which were capitalized, [...]

When It All Starts to Weigh a Little Heavy: Rest.

The wind storms of late have added substantially to workloads out here.  I’d only just finished with the last of the planting when toppled pots forced [...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners

  Up until last year, I'd never put together a holiday gift guide for readers. Truly useful gifts rarely go out of fashion. Then I [...]

Coming Around to Canna

There are few persons more strident as those who have once loved a thing only to turn their backs upon it, unless of course it is [...]

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  […]

Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic?

February’s Garden

"Why, what's the matter, That you have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?"   -William Shakespeare -(Don Pedro to [...]

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A Beech for All Seasons

Well, it’s happened. The leaves are more or less gone and it looks like winter out there.  A friend writes on social media “‘Tis bitter cold. And I am sick [...]

What’s Next? (Relax. I’m talking about the garden.)

It’s a bit disconcerting to find ourselves here again, at the end of the season, facing winter and wondering where the months have gone. Photo credit: Kelly Fowler [...]

Optimal Growing Conditions? A few thoughts.

A bit of research work has had me at my books lately, looking up optimal growing conditions for several plants and making notes for spring purchases. It has taken [...]

Fall Berry & Bulb Color

It’s harvest season. Even those who don’t harvest anything more than a cereal box off a shelf know that autumn means decorative berries. But did you know it also can [...]

News of Interest

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” [...]

New study shows healthy living includes HOUSEPLANTS!

Saving this schefflera by taking it inside during the winter could be a mutually beneficial proposition - according to a new study. A recent [...]

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