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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park

15 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Yesterday the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its centennial. My family and I love visiting national parks, and during our recent road trip through New Mexico and up to Durango, Colorado, we couldn’t pass up the chance to see a new one (to us): Mesa Verde National Park. Show More Summary

Chasing Georgia O’Keefe’s ghost at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch

The day after gazing at Georgia O’Keefe’s landscapes and monumental flower paintings at the museum in Santa Fe, we drove north through the monsoon-greened high desert of northern New Mexico, the landscape the artist adopted as her own. Show More Summary

Adobe walls, secret gardens, history & art in Santa Fe

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Our western road trip earlier this month took us through Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and the oldest capital city in the country (dating to 1607). The compact historic district is a walkable several blocks...Show More Summary

High desert in bloom at Santa Fe Botanical Garden

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Two weeks ago today we drove west on a spontaneously planned, cutting-it-close-with-the-first-day-of-school, two-week road trip through West Texas, northern New Mexico, and western Colorado. One of our early stops was Santa Fe, New Mexico, a beautiful old city we once regularly visited but hadn’t seen in 16 years. Show More Summary

Hot child in the city: August Foliage Follow-Up

Surely August will be our last worst month here in central Texas. It can’t possibly remain blisteringly hot and humid through September, can it? Yes, it can, and it probably will, but that’s why I love agaves, yuccas, prickly pear, and other tough plants. Show More Summary

Out and about in Houston: Public art and an artful home

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Houston doesn’t always get a lot of love, especially from Austinites who invoke it as a negative example of soulless sprawl and traffic. True, Houston is a sprawling major city with congested highways (although I swear Austin may be its equal in traffic jams). Show More Summary

Summer color that stands up to the Death Star

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As the Death Star sizzles for weeks on end — 100 degrees F and no rain in sight — it might seem as if all the garden can do is endure. But no! Plants that put on their best show in the heat of summer, even a Central Texas summer, abound. Show More Summary

Magical mosaics in the garden of Wouterina De Raad, Part 2: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Yesterday I shared Part 1 of my visit to Wisconsin artist Wouterina De Raad’s mosaic sculpture garden, which was the final garden — and my favorite — on the recent Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling. Today I’ll end my Fling series with Part 2 about Wouterina‘s delightful, exploratory garden. Show More Summary

Garden artistry at Wouterina De Raad’s Mosaic Sculpture Park, Part 1: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Each year at Garden Bloggers Fling, there’s at least one garden that moves me deeply, that creates a lasting mood and feels like an extension of the gardener him- or herself. At this year’s Fling in Minneapolis, that garden was the creation of Wouterina De Raad. Show More Summary

Scenes from Minneapolis gardens, sightseeing, and bloggers: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This is my 10th post about the recent Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling, and I have two more coming up that cover one very special garden. Even so, I won’t have shown you every garden we visited. There were just too many! But here are a few images from three other gardens, as well as some Minneapolis sights and blogger friends. Show More Summary

Noerenberg Memorial Gardens and Kelley-Carmichiel gardens: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

At the end of day one of the recent Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis, we visited 3 gardens connected by the gardeners who tend them: Noerenberg Memorial Gardens; the home garden of Noerenberg’s horticultural supervisor and curator,...Show More Summary

Inspired at Squire House Gardens: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Our tour buses took us out of Minneapolis on the last day of the recent Garden Bloggers Fling — an annual event with 60+ garden bloggers touring Minneapolis this year — through St. Paul and on into charming Afton, Minnesota, where we visited nursery and gift shop Squire House Gardens, which operates out of a nearly 150-year-old home. Show More Summary

Elegant garden of St. Paul writer Marge Hols: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A lovely Tudor-style home on St. Paul’s historic Summit Avenue, just down the block from the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion, was a stop on day three of the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling. It’s the home of gardening columnist Marge Hols, who welcomed us and immediately set us loose to explore at our own pace. Show More Summary

Como Park Conservatory and Japanese Garden: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

In the South we don’t have many conservatories, probably because our winters aren’t particularly bleak or cold. But I’ve visited a few on my travels to northern states, and on day three of the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling, I got to see another one at Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Show More Summary

I went to the woods and saw Walden Road Garden: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

When you live on Walden Road and you’re creating a garden, you can do a lot worse than take inspiration from Thoreau. This woodsy, serene garden was on the Master Gardeners tour that we saw on day two of the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling, held earlier this month. Show More Summary

Dynasty Drive flowers and bonus hosta garden: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A garden tour within a garden tour was offered on day two of the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling, held in mid-July. Bused to a half-dozen lovely private gardens on a local Master Gardeners tour (see tomorrow’s post about the Walden...Show More Summary

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Our Minneapolis Fling banquet dinner — an opportunity to dine with blogging friends, win amazing giveaway prizes from sponsors, and listen to entertaining anecdotes and announcements from organizers — was held at the end of the second day, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Show More Summary

Springwood Gardens daylily farm: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I enjoy daylilies and grow a few in my own garden. But I couldn’t quite imagine a whole farm of daylilies until we visited Springwood Gardens, the daylily breeding operation of Karol Emmerich, one of our stops on the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling. Show More Summary

Cor-ten potager beauty in Rhonda Fleming’s garden: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m dubbing this summer Escape to the North. In the space of two months I’ve made three trips to the northern, cooler half of the U.S., starting with the Philadelphia area; then Providence, Rhode Island; and finally Minneapolis, where the 9th annual Garden Bloggers Fling was held July 14-17. Show More Summary

Fired up for WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Who says fire and water don’t mix? Not the city of Providence, Rhode Island. On July 9th, my daughter and I happened to be there during WaterFire, a free summer arts festival along the three rivers of downtown Providence, and we were excited to attend. Show More Summary

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