After the challenges of the holiday season, I want a vacation.
A collection of bromeliads, tillandsias, and aroids at the Montreal Botanic Gardens conservatory.
After the challenges of the holiday season, I want a vacation. The wintery landscape outside my window has me dreaming of warm, sultry breezes, sand between my toes, and lush [...]
Volunteers turn abandoned land into neighborhood treasure.
Two of the Park’s most committed volunteers, Mel and Delona, took a quick break to show me a new section they’ve begun clearing. Charlotte told me later, that these two, and another volunteer named Terry, logged 136 volnteer hours during October alone. Left to right: [...]
Nancy Noble, surrounded by her gardens in southern Utah.
As a professional biologist, Nancy Noble knows more than the average bear about plants. Though she has fond memories of gardening with her grandmother in Missouri and her parents in Wisconsin, her own passion for gardening didn’t blossom until she was in post-graduate school. No [...]
Perennials in Piet Oudolph’s nursery in Hummelo, Netherlands.
Garden travel is one of my passions and, over the past 25 years of travel to gardens in Europe and North America, I’ve witnessed a shift in design and planting emphasis toward more naturalistic, low-maintenance landscapes. The new designs are based on sweeps of struct [...]
The design and plants used in the Undersea Garden successfully imitate the look of a coral reef.
On a recent trip to Southern California, I spent a plant-lover’s dream day at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. I live and garden in northern New England, so visiting a public garden in Zone 10 is a rare and wonderful treat.
Located on [...]
My mid-winter daydreams often take me back to Holland’s Keukenhof gardens. This is one of the paths I walked along when I was there on an April morning in 2006.
My garden has been frozen and covered with snow since the middle of November. At this point in the winter, I’m so color-deprived that a patch of yellow snow is actually [...]