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Serendipitous Gardening

The oddest thing happened. I was on a perfectly lovely trail run near the headlands when bits of partially eaten plants and plant parts...

Farmstand Facelift

Farmstands in Southern Ontario range from eye catching abundance to others that are simply sunflower bunches waiting at the end of a driveway, a...

Nature: Our First Language

  I may have found a solution to happy parenting any maybe even some of the world's problems. Let kids climb trees and eat unwashed,...

Five Reasons to go to a you-pick Blueberry Farm

  The next best thing to growing your own blueberries is a you-pick blueberry farm. Here are five reasons to give it a try: 1. Try...

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....

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...

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...

Cosmic Launch

We're making the plunge.  Moving "off the hill" to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Most folks in the Lake Tahoe area wonder why we...

3 Trails You Won’t Want to Miss

  The Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais watershed are an unbelievable treasure of wildness, trails and eye-popping vistas. It's crazy to think that millions of...

New Perspective on The High Line

Lights, horns, sirens, snippets of passerby conversation, bustle.  Unavoidably conspicuous billboards spanning buildings and city blocks.  Reactive tests of physical ability to maneuver and...

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...

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...

Pistil Passing at Annie’s

I checked out Annie's Annuals website before making the journey to her Richmond, CA nursery.  One of the first bits to pop off her...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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