The Garden Renovation Primer: In the Beginning There Was… A Lovely Old House

So many of you have asked me for advice on how to renovate old rundown landscapes over the years that I thought I would start a new series of postings taking you through the process step-by-step with one of my … Continue reading

Garden Refreshers

My grandfather used to say that anybody could garden in the automatic abundance of June: it was the rest of the year that tested the gardener’s mettle. This is especially true in August, when the heady display of spring and … Continue reading

Gravel Walks & Drives

Perhaps it was all that public television I watched as a child – the endless parade of British murder mysteries and historical dramas that somehow always managed to feature a large country house and garden, with what to me at … Continue reading

Shade Gardening 101

Mention the world shade, and average gardener’s brow will start to furrow, already calculating ways to escape the dark menace. That’s really a shame, for while gardening in the shade often presents a number of challenges – poor soil, competition … Continue reading

Sad Sack

For those of you wondering about my constant admonition not to plant rhododendrons as foreground plantings in the Northeast, here’s why: This is one of my favorite rhododendrons ‘Sensation’ this morning in 15º weather… (The picture is a bit blurry … Continue reading

The Garden in Autumn

Once again, late autumn settles into my garden like a weary old man into his favorite chair. It’s a quiet time, a comfortable time, certainly not hectic like spring, nor showy like summer – more a season to contemplate the … Continue reading