Garden Renovation Primer: Building a Sunken Garden

Under the old mantra that you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs, we are about to break a few dozen in starting our new sunken garden. Why, you may ask, build a sunken garden in the first place? … Continue reading

Confronting Change in the Garden

Change comes hard in the garden. If you think about it, all of our gardening activities could be viewed as an attempt, futile even though we know it is, to fix nature in a moment, to lock a particular piece … Continue reading

Hydrangeas

Plant enthusiasts have a tendency to use language rather floridly, if you’ll pardon the pun, when they describe their favorite plants. But hydrangeas are one of those species were the word “remarkable” is truly no exaggeration. How many plant families … Continue reading

New Mulch for Squash and a Hose Reel to Die For

Hello everyone! I’m back! Five broken bones and two wrist surgeries later, I can finally spend time at the keyboard without having my entire hand go numb. I know we missed a lot of ground this spring, but ah well, … Continue reading

Garden Travels: Lessons from Spanish Gardens

I’m just wrapping up a three week trip with a Harvard alumni group to Portugal and Spain, and while gardens weren’t the particular focus of this trip, we did see some spectacular landscapes that I thought held valuable lessons for … Continue reading

February Morning

I wanted to share with you one of the delights of February: the sublime witch hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida.’ This is truly one of my all-time favorite plants, and I think you can see why, seen here in full … Continue reading

The Garden Renovation Primer: Building a Brick Terrace

Well, with the crazy, snow-less winter here we’ve had here in Boston, I’ve gotten a bit behind in relating the story of our Cambridge garden renovation project, principally because the strange weather has kept me on site and working right … Continue reading

The Garden Renovation Primer: Moving Established Trees

When renovating an old landscape, almost inevitably you’ll be faced with the issue of what to do with established plantings. On one hand large trees and shrubs add a dignity and grace to a property that is almost impossible to … Continue reading

The Garden Renovation Primer: Evolution

My grandfather’s mantra was: plan twice, plant once. As it turns out, that wasn’t quite accurate. In reality, it’s plan, plan more, replan, and plan again, and keep planning until the garden you’re searching for finally emerges from the design. … Continue reading

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