Viva Vita! (09-4)

From More For Your Garden By Vita Sackville-West August 1, 1954 I have recently returned from a wandering holiday in south-western France, and have been observing with interest the French idea of gardening, as compared with our own. I do not mean the grand formal gardens in the style of Le Notre, at which the French with…

UGM (VI)

Tools of the Trade While this final class in the Urban Garden Maintenance class at BBG focused on everything from pruning shears to aeration rigs for tractors, I will only be covering the most fundamental hand tools–both their use and, in most cases, maintenance. (Lot’s of ‘lifting’ courtesy of Wikipedia and other unsuspecting online resources…)…

The Curious Gardener (September)

From The Curious Gardener By Anna Pavord The plant hunter Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson set out on his third expedition to China at the end of 1906, the party consisting of ‘eighteen carrying coolies and one head coolie, two chairs, two handymen, an escort of two soldiers, my boy and self’, as he noted in his…

Garden Blog of the Month

I came across this blog while doing research for my ‘Flower Gardening’ post for my Urban Garden Maintenance class. the blog is called Flower Borders Made Easy and it’s pretty well done. Below is an except from the ABOUT page:

Viva Vita! (09-3)

From In Your Garden Again By Vita Sackville-West September 28, 1952 This must be a paragraph addressed to those fortunate dwellers in a kind climate: Cornwall, Devon, or some parts of Wales and Ireland, for the flowering tree which caught my fancy last week is marked by one of those ominous asterisks in nurserymen’s catalogs, meaning ‘not…

UGM ( V )

Container Gardening (excerpted from Organic Gardening (Guide to Container Gardening)) Pots, tubs, and half barrels overflowing with flowers add appeal to any garden, but container gardens can serve a practical purpose too. Gardening in containers is ideal for those with little or no garden space. In addition to growing flowers, gardeners limited to a balcony,…

Getting My Hands Dirty (September 2013)

Just prior to embarking on my journey of (career) transition I was able to secure a volunteer gardening position in Brooklyn Bridge Park. While I am hoping to work up to three days a week they started me off at one and I will say that this was probably a very wise decision on their…

PDfA (Notes, Part I)

Planting Design for Architects (…and Design Professionals) Over the years I have been asked to give a number of landscape-centered talks to the ‘design group’ at KPF–a group composed of design principals, directors, and senior designers that meet for weekly discussion often focusing on larger issues beyond those relating strictly to KPF’s practice. During the…

UGM ( IV )

Pruning (from Journal of Japanese Gardening / Douglas Roth) Prune with a purpose. Think carefully, and remove unwanted branches for specific reasons that you clearly understand.

Viva Vita! (09-2)

From In Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West September 18, 1956 A full-stop exclamation mark is often of extreme importance in a garden, something of which will arrest the eye and give emphasis to some focal point. For this purpose nothing could be more effective than the Irish yew, which with its erect, fastigiate habit may well be…

Keeping Current…

I will confess that I have my doubts about HGTV’s Plant Finder online ap. But it’s a beautiful interface and will be pretty impressive if I am able (by random sampling) to confirm that there is some relative reality to the 3,450 plants that are (ostensibly) appropriate to my area code.