13 New Rules for City Gardening

18 Century Philadelphia Garden

I’ve been devouring the spring blooms in Philadelphia over the past 2 weeks. As I take my daily morning walk, I’m amazed at the simple beauty of the plantings in both personal and public spaces. When walking down a city street, window boxes, container plantings, trees judiciously positioned, and pots strategically placed on the steps[...]

Urban Habitat

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In the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world an ebullient pollinator garden is attracting insects and native bees to a museum science project.  The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History has surrounded itself with a 3.5 acre urban habitat garden that is succeeding in attracting insects for study by the scientists within.

My Circuitous Route to Writing Success

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When Designing with Succulents became a bestseller in 2007, few people knew what was really going on with me. I’m sharing it now because it might encourage others to persevere through difficult times. A bit of backstory: For half my life, I didn’t live up to my potential due to fear of failure. A highly accomplished writer whom I liked, admired and envied[...]

Silence

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Last year, I drove from my home in Benicia, California, to the White Mountains on the California/Nevada border. Ostensibly this was a pilgrimage of sorts. A journey to see the Bristlecone Pines, one of, if not the oldest, living things on this planet. Botanically it was a fascinating trip and I recorded some of my[...]

Garden For Life! Right-Sizing Flower Gardens

Right-Size Flower Gardens

I will be the first to admit it (but I’m not alone!) that I’ve become a slave to my gardens. For years I added gardens to the landscape. There was always room for just one more plant, right? But I started noticing the joy I used to feel when puttering in my gardens had started[...]