Four Quick Lessons in Garden Design

Several years ago my sister Cindy and I traveled to England. We passed a few delightful days in London, then went down to Dorset to spend a week at a small inn that specializes in garden tours. The setting was … Continue reading

Heirloom Lilacs

The lilacs opened in my garden this morning, and as the breeze carried that heady scent through the open window for the first time this year, I was instantly transported back to my childhood in Milwaukee, walking with my mother … Continue reading

Designing with Brick

Every since I was a little boy, I’ve had a fascination with bricks. I know this may sound a bit strange, but it’s true. While other kids were entertaining themselves with board games or erector sets, I could usually be … Continue reading

Ghosts in the Garden

Spring has sprung here in Boston, and with the recent advent of warm weather, the phone is merrily ringing  (thankfully!) here in my office, with clients calling to set up design appointments, eager to get started with landscape renovations. And … Continue reading

Designing the Garden: Fences, Hedges and Screen Plantings

Part Three of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape As spring rolls finally rolls around here in Boston, and people start to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fine weather, my clients inevitably ask me about … Continue reading

Designing Your Landscape: The Great American Lawn

Part Two of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape There exists a curious phenomenon in our country found in few others around the world: The mania for the perfect, weed-free Great American Lawn. The word mania … Continue reading

Martha Stewart, Me, and a Drunken Beauty

I’ve  just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City, gratefully abandoning the car after four hours of driving in torrential down bursts, to make an equally whirlwind tour of my vegetable garden – that is, before I was … Continue reading

Traditional Gardening Magazine, Reborn Online

My online column Old House, Old Garden owes its genesis to two unrelated events. The first was a I call I received the other day, asking once again: “Michael, may I still subscribe to your magazine, Traditional Gardening®?” The second … Continue reading