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Inside Ricky’s Flower Market

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Don’t you love life’s unexpected moments? The ones that are eye opening and leave you feeling as if you happened upon a treasure? This was me with Ricky’s Flower Market in Somerville, Massachusetts outside...

Small Good Things: Toyon & Mistletoe

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It was a perfect December day for a walk. The sun was out, the day in front of us, and we were ready for an adventure (which is code for spending the day outside)....

Small Good Things: Hazelnuts & Huckleberries

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  Don’t you love those moments when you’re in search of one thing and find something all together different, but equally as wonderful? That’s what happened when I went foraging with my family for wild...

Flower Power: Carrizo Plain Super Bloom

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  Can you say flower power? We happened upon the Carrizo Plain not by chance. In fact, more than one person insisted we make the trip. Headlines like "Serengeti of the West" and "Super of Super Blooms"...

5 Learnings From the Good Shepherd P-Patch

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  It was around this time last year that I hopped on a plane to Seattle and had the fortune to visit the Good Shepherd P-Patch. More than one person insisted I couldn't miss it...

Grow What You Love: Lake Erie Summer Garden

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  There's an endearing little community on the shores of Lake Erie, hidden by miles of farm fields and far from the beaten track of the Queen Elizabeth Highway. In fact, there are hundreds communities...

Grow What You Love: The High Line, NYC

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  A couple short weeks ago I paid a visit to New York City, which also meant an afternoon of wandering the High Line. If you're wondering what people in NYC do on a warm...

5 Spring Foraging Forays

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  Plants have it figured out. They know when spring is here, when soil temperatures are just right for germinating seeds and when it's time to bloom. At least I'd like to think that's the...

Grow What You Love: Napa Valley Olive Harvest

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  When my friend Julie first invited us to her home away from home for olive picking I was immediately inspired with visions of bucket filling, ladder moving and an opportunity to spend the day...

A Local Nursery: Shelburne Vermont

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  Just last week, I was driving down a country lane in Shelburne, Vermont when I found this little nursery -- tucked away from the road and otherwise understated except for the profusion of wreaths...
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