• Nature

    Why Native Plants?

    Look closely. Life is about interconnections. A Virginia Creeper climbs a tree. A caterpillar emerges and munches on the vine’s leaves. Just in time to nourish hungry bird hatchlings. As temperatures drop, Virginia Creeper’s berries ripen to a deep purple.…

  • Nature

    INFLUENCERS: The High Line

    Dave and I lived one block from an entrance to The High Line. This celebrated, mostly native garden transformed an abandoned, elevated freight rail line into a public park that’s become a model for environmental sustainability and urban renewal. Sarah…

  • Nature

    The Marketing Agency is Our Own Front Lawn

    The Marketing Agency is Our Own Front Lawn It’s the trashy parts of towns where people are most likely to encounter a native garden. The old dump site that’s now a restored wetland. The flood zone reborn as a rain…

  • Nature

    Taking out Invasives

    Emerald & Gold, an invasive shrub that’s distributed via bird poop. The WILD garden came with two highly invasive shrubs originally from Asia. Burning Bush — by the kitchen window.  And Emerald & Gold along the fence line. Burning Bush…

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    Inside Out Homes

    When did gardens stop being gardens and become inside-out homes? Backyards are now “retreats” with areas to cook, dine, bathe and even sleep....Doesn’t anyone want to garden anymore?

  • Nature

    Fight for Survival

    Popular nature documentaries feature dramatic fights for survival. “Jaws and claws” scenes boost ratings, but routine survival is more about devouring….greens.

  • Documentary,  Nature

    Bed Number One

    It began with Bed Number One. I was eager to garden. I’d lived in cities all my adult life and had not had a chance to plant anything since my Mother set aside plots in her garden for her children…