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10 Benefits of Trees & More

    I love the idea that trees and the value of trees can be quantified through scientific study. That trees are not only a carbon...

Inside Ricky’s Flower Market

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...

Flower Power: Carrizo Plain Super Bloom

  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....

Small Good Things: Toyon & Mistletoe

It was a perfect December day for a walk. The sun was out, the day in front of us, and we were ready for...

Pacific Northwest Flower Revivial

  It was a grey, rainy weekend in October when I stumbled upon this West Seattle farmer's market. It was honestly mind boggling to think of...

Small Good Things: Hazelnuts & Huckleberries

  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...

Grow What You Love: Lake Erie Summer Garden

  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...

5 Learnings From the Good Shepherd P-Patch

  It was around this time last year that I hopped on a plane to Seattle and had the fortune to visit the Good Shepherd...

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

We were on holiday in the UK this very month last year visiting friends.  There wasn't much time to research points of interest before...

Grow What You Love: Napa Valley Olive Harvest

  When my friend Julie first invited us to her home away from home for olive picking I was immediately inspired with visions of bucket...

The Reliably Unexpected Moments of Gardening

  Gardening is part planning, part serendipitous and 100% rewarding - in a pick yourself up by your boot straps sort of way. I love...

Nutwalk at Sissinghurst

It was this stand of Kentish cobnuts (a type of hazelnut) and an old, determined rose found buried under brambles in the orchard at...

Farm Stand at the Old Brick Store

  If you find yourself in Vermont, not far outside Burlington, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon this little farm stand. Situated on...

Grow What You Love: The High Line, NYC

  A couple short weeks ago I paid a visit to New York City, which also meant an afternoon of wandering the High Line. If...

A Local Nursery: Shelburne Vermont

  Just last week, I was driving down a country lane in Shelburne, Vermont when I found this little nursery -- tucked away from the...

Green Gulch Flower Gardens

It's easy to get busy. Between work, chores, groceries, children or simply opening mail there is often not much time left over. Especially when...

5 Spring Foraging Forays

  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...

Swanton Berry Farm Store – The Fresh Side Up

  It doesn't look like much from the outside but when you walk into the Swanton Berry Farm store it's a wonderful shock to the...

Forest Man | One Tree at a Time

This is a film worth watching and a life worth following. Forest Man tells the story of Jadav Payeng and the 1,360 acre forest...

Unexpected Present

This stem cutting of Lepechinia calycina, also known as Pitcher Sage, is one of my first.  Or I should say, one of my first...
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