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Making Plans

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 29

Sometimes they work out and sometimes not. Usually between the planning and the execution are many small steps to be taken. We get diverted, and then, if we really want to give those plans their best chance to succeed, we come back to the path we were on […]

Easy Vs Meaning

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 11

As I prepare to give a talk for the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association, I’m once again thinking about how for too long the green industry has focused on ease. Yes, I’m coming back to this again.

Tonight’s focus is on how we’ve all be talking about […]

When Did Work Become a Four-Letter Word?

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 13

As you all know from a recent open letter I wrote, I think that everyone in the garden biz made a serious error a few years back. Myself included.

We thought that the way to attract people […]

Easy or Right?

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 17

My garden was on tour as a fundraiser today and about 400 people toured Poison Ivy Acres. Every hour on the hour I guided a group around the property, showing them particular plants and explaining how the gardens have evolved. One of the questions that came up several […]

Flowers Everywhere

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 21

I’m sure you know how it feels to tackle a project you’ve been putting off, and finally getting an area cleaned or organized. That’s how I felt this weekend as I devoted a good amount of time to clearing out the piles of clutter in my office. […]

Attention Deficit Gardening

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 12

When I garden, it’s as if my alternate attention deficit self takes over. I tend to wander willy-nilly from task to task, weeding here, deadheading there, and putting a plant in the soil somewhere else. I get a great deal done, but not in a focused, confined […]

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 […]

Creating An Experience

Report From PIA – August 16

Yesterday on NPR I heard an interview with Elizabeth Dunn who studies consumer happiness for the University of British Columbia. She was talking about what made people happy, and commented, “Well, it turns out that one of the best things people can do is invest in experiences rather than […]


Report From PIA – August 2

I spent some time watching this section of the fragrance garden today, and it was teaming with life. There were six types of birds among the plants, two types of butterflies and several bees, dragonflies and one rabbit. These were just the insects, birds and animals I could easily […]

Midsummer Maintenance

Report From PIA – July 18

We are midway through the summer, and there are two approaches to this time of year. Some people decide that they are “done” with their garden. They enjoy what they planted in May and early June, but they don’t want to place anything else in the ground for the […]