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The Gift of Gardening

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 21

I understand that not everyone loves to work outdoors. There was a consultation customer that made this clear when she said, “I just want to start this off by telling you that for me, a good time gardening is when I put the golf clubs in the […]

How Others Do Things

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 1

There are many reasons that I love being a member of The Garden Writers Association, but among them is the opportunity to visit other gardens. Every year the GWA has an annual symposium in a different area of the country, and the attendees visit local public and […]

You Never Know When You’ll Light A Fire

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 17

I took a group of high school freshmen on a tour of the garden center today. They were in a horticulture class, so we talked about some of the plants, what is going on in the landscape (winter moth are mating) and what it’s like to work […]

Starting From Scratch

Report From PIA – July 9

I’ve started three landscapes “from scratch.” We purchased all three houses already finished, but they had minimal to non-existent landscaping. I made all the usual beginners mistakes on the mid-Hudson valley property: I planted things too close together, I didn’t have a plan but would plunk anything in any […]

Information and Inspiration

Report From PIA – March 26

I went to the Boston Flower Show on Thursday, and enjoyed it immensely. As is often the case, one exhibit made the trip worthwhile for me, and in this case it was Paul Miskovsky’s cottage garden. Wow – that man can put a display together!

Paul’s garden used unusual […]

Inspiration Strikes – #3

Report From PIA – December 6

I believe that I’ve mentioned that my husband likes to recycle granite and marble. Last year he discovered that a local stone counter top maker has pallets of “scrap” pieces that are too small for them to bother with. They throw this away, and don’t mind if people take […]

A Joyful Noise

Report From PIA – November 29

This morning my husband and I hung bells on the arbor that he finished last week. We designed the arbor to be tall enough, and strong enough, to hold my bell collection. Three of these bells were made from old gas tanks by Provincetown sculptor Michael Kacergis, and the […]

Inspiration Strikes – #2

Report From PIA – November 20

I have a horrible head cold, so I’m not up to the thought that writing requires. Perhaps, you are thinking, this is a blessing. I can, however, spend a couple of minutes trolling through photo files looking for inspiration, and it didn’t take me long to settle on this […]

When Inspiration Strikes – #1

Report From PIA – November 17

Every once in awhile, I’ll go through the photographs in my files, not searching for anything in particular, but just looking to see what’s there. Invariably, I’ll see something that gives me an idea.

Maybe it’s a plant that I don’t know, or have forgotten about, or a clever […]