Gossip in the Garden

Harmony in the Garden's Chattier Side

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New Year’s Resolutions & the final holiday giveaway!
  The new year is almost here and with it comes my new year resolutions for my garden. Last year, my resolution was to remove my front lawn and replace it with less thirsty plants (that I'm thrilled to say I finally did!) This year, though, I have a few more things that I hope to accomplish in my garden. (more…) [read more]
The Heather Garden & The Cloisters
After spending two months in Manhattan, it would be an understatement to say I was in dire need of a bit of nature. So one day last week, I hopped on the subway to the very edge of the city to explore The Cloisters (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to Medieval art). While I’m not necessarily a die-hard for this era of art, I did want to see the two Medieval gardens located in the center of [read more]
Mixing edibles with ornamentals
No longer relegated to the back of the garden, hidden away from sight, edibles are finally getting the respect they deserve.  Whether mingling with showy perennials and annuals in traditional ornamental beds, tucked into a patio container, or (gasp!) featured as a focal point in the front of the garden - edibles are at home in every part of your garden. And why not?  With so many varieties offering unique colors, textures and forms there's certainly one that will harmonize [read more]
The French Laundry’s culinary garden and a sweet little house
Rounding out my Napa weekend, the Tanners treated us to a morning of impromptu garden tours.  The first stop, a visit to the incredible culinary garden of the valley's crown jewel - The French Laundry. Located directly across the street from the deceptively demure looking restaurant is this impressive 3-acre garden.  Open to the public, the garden not only supplies a large part of the restaurant's produce, but also acts as the chef's test site. Even though spring had barely [read more]
The art and soul of Freeland Tanner
What do you get when you combine a pile of twigs, sprinklers, and watering cans with the right side of the brain that just won't quit? It's not what you get, it's who you get - Freeland Tanner. I've written about this exceptional man and his equally impressive wife, Sabrina, many times before (here and here), as well featuring their garden in both of my books.  Some of you might even think I'm a bit of a stalker (debatable).  But [read more]
Yesterday I met my good friend Patty Craft (with Horticulture Magazine) at the National Heirloom Exposition in Sonoma, CA.  What exactly is the expo?  Their website says it best:  The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. The show runs for 2 more days, so if you're considering attending you're in luck - you still have time! (more…) [read more]
I've been traveling a lot this summer and am so glad to finally be home!  But after nearly five weeks away you can imagine the state of my garden. Fortunately (for my garden, not for me!), my husband was home for most of the time so he was able to keep it watered and somewhat under control - but you know how it is.  While most everything survived, there is an overwhelming amount of staking, pruning and dead-heading to be [read more]
Okay - you're in a hurry to plant your tomato plant...here's the quickest way to do it! [read more]
I was talking with another gardener last week when she told me she never plants rosemary in her garden because it's so common. Huh? Of course, everyone has a right to their own opinion of what they like and don't like, but not planting something just because it's common?  Oh well - we all march to our own beat. I happen to loooove rosemary in the garden and incorporate it into as many designs as I can.  Whether it's the [read more]
The Heirloom Life Gardener – Book Review
A few weeks ago the folks at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company asked if I'd like to review a copy of their new book The Heirloom Life Gardener, by Jere and Emilee Gettle (227 pages, Hyperion, 2011.  List Price $29.99) I was excited to read this book because even though I'm a passionate gardener and garden designer, I've never really been all that into growing edibles from seeds.  That's just not my thing - I much prefer to buy my [read more]