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

My Conversion to Gunslinger

Once upon a time, I had a kind and peaceful nature. Live and let live was my philosophy. I would no more think of wantonly killing another of god’s creatures than I would of harming myself – despite having been … 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

False Spring

We’re only two days into the official spring season, and already in my garden the crocus, early daffodils and hyacinths are in bloom, the Star Magnolia in full flower, and the Ogon spireas are beginning to leaf out, along with … Continue reading

More Thalassa Cruso!

Those of you who read this column regularly know that I am a huge fan of 60s gardening guru Thalassa Cruso. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten a number of letters from various Thalassa fans, thanking me for … 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