Post Tag: Chickens

As many of my readers may know, I adore chickens and have had several grace my garden over the years. Note the past tense. While I love them dearly, I've finally realized they're best enjoyed in other people's gardens.  I can't bear to keep them cooped up (no pun intended) in a chicken run, so I would end up letting them free range to their heart's content in my fairly small garden.Yes, they're as picturesque as can be, but [read more]
The topic for this month's Garden Designers Roundtable is Garden Travel/Best Gardens.  While I immediately thought of the many beautiful gardens I've seen on my travels, there's one that I've recently had the pleasure of visiting, and one that I can't get out of my mind.  It's a private garden here in Northern California, created by Jarrod Baumann, a most talented young landscape architect with his firm Zaterre Landscape Architecture. (more…) [read more]
One of the benefits of speaking at different garden clubs is the chance to meet their members and visit their beautiful gardens.  One such person is Bonnie Manion, whom I met at the La Jolla Village Garden Club last fall. After a morning of touring gardens, we ended our day at Bonnie's home where we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in her vineyard.  Part of the fun was meeting her two chickens, Charley (short for Charlotte) and Dahlia. (more…) [read more]
If you're a gardener who loves succulents, contemporary design, chickens, canning, birds, living walls and books, then this Northern California garden shop is the place for YOU.  Just over a year old, DIG a much needed refuge from the more ordinary and commonplace garden shops which dot the coast. Cara and Will Meyers (who also own 'Hidden Gardens Nursery' just a few miles down the road) have not only created a to-die-for garden shop, but they hold seminars, book signings, [read more]
My 'Moment of Fame' as a guest blogger on Garden Rant...thinking of raising chickens? Read on... [read more]