Articles

A Case for The Mid-Atlantic Winter

By | 2019-01-17T10:29:27+00:00 January 18th, 2019|

The winters are tough out here.  I know that I write from the muddied perspective of an ex-Californian (becoming more ex by the minute), but damn. I’m also aware, as the mother of a child now in North Dakota, daughter of a man who farmed cattle in Alberta, and correspondent of numerous friends and colleagues [...]

Staying On Top of Cool-Season Weeds

By | 2019-01-11T19:01:17+00:00 January 11th, 2019|

How should one weed in the winter? Those with a strong attachment to their recliners might say ‘one shouldn’t,’ and leave it at that. I completely understand.  I have a strong bond with my yellow tufted chair that goes quite beyond love and is entering the realm of soul connection – particularly in the winter. [...]

Ignored but Glorious: My Favorite Plants of 2018

By | 2019-01-03T16:44:48+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|

I did a great deal of traveling this year touring gardens, attending conferences and visiting plant trials.  I do not say this to inspire envy in those who enjoy living out of suitcases and drinking airport coffee, but to put it plainly that I was away from my garden during some pretty critical moments in [...]

Nail It! Three Tricks to Make a Gorgeous Natural Wreath This Season

By | 2018-12-20T17:04:01+00:00 December 20th, 2018|

It's the weekend before Christmas, and even though you've tried to ignore it, the spirit is in the air and you have an itch to undertake one last decorating project: a natural wreath for the front door. Except...you've never really nailed the art of wreath making. 'Spindly' and 'amateurish' are words that figure prominently in [...]

Ten Tips for a Day Trip to A Longwood Christmas

By | 2018-12-13T18:25:00+00:00 December 13th, 2018|

Every year around this time, I get into a car with my husband and a couple friends and make the journey over hill and dale and White Marsh Shopping center to Longwood Gardens.  The drive is a long one. But a day savoring A Longwood Christmas and the pleasures of conversation stimulated by thousands of [...]

Experimentation as Energy: Lessons from Great Dixter

By | 2018-11-30T18:20:20+00:00 November 30th, 2018|

Just before leaving for Great Britain three months ago, I threw an overnight case in the back of a friend’s overworked Prius and headed down to Raleigh to attend a lecture being given by Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, and the Chief Executive of its charitable trust. Many gardeners, especially those who read [...]

Decorating The Thanksgiving Table with Natural Materials

By | 2018-11-23T15:38:48+00:00 November 21st, 2018|

It’s Thanksgiving morning.  What have you forgotten? You’ve thrown the turkey in the oven, the stuffing is made and on its way to being glorious, and your sister is bringing the rolls and jello. In a few minutes the game and/or parade will start blaring from the living room and you can start to relax. [...]