Gossip in the Garden

Harmony in the Garden's Chattier Side

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Taking ‘gardening is therapy’ to a whole new level
  At one time or another, most of us have said 'gardening is therapy,' right?   But seeing an actual therapeutic garden work its magic right in front of me is a whole different experience. Recently, my mother and I visited my mom’s cousin, Carol, to see the incredible garden she helped create for her adult daughter, Karen. Karen has nonverbal autism, in addition to being blind since she was nine years old. A few years ago, Carol enlisted [read more]
Good-bye Pool, Hello Garden – another makeover
  Everyone loves a good makeover, right? Especially us gardeners.  Whether we're talking about ripping out a giant lawn, or ripping out a giant pool - the results can be pretty astonishing. Over the next several months I have lots of gardens to talk about.  Some belong to my clients, others are near my new home in Granite Bay, some from around the country, and a few surprises I'll share with you later. So as we enter into another cold [read more]
New Year’s Resolutions for the garden
  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.     (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]