• 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. More food for birds. With the first frost, the vine dies back and the tree survives. Come Spring, birds will use the spent vines to build their nests. Every season reveals deeply evolved connections between native plants and animals. Invasive English Ivy on left. Virginia Creeper on right. Why native plants? Insects depend on native plants for food. This goes…

  • 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…