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Fired up for WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island

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

Visiting Layanee’s ledge and garden in Rhode Island

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Wherever I travel these days, I seem to know a garden blogger who lives there. That’s partly because I’ve been blogging and reading blogs for a decade and partly because I’ve gotten to know lots of bloggers in person through years of attending the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. Show More Summary

Touring Linden Hill Gardens with Nan Ondra

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ve been reading author and plantswoman Nancy Ondra’s blog, Hayefield, for nearly a decade. Although we’d never met, we’ve been friendly online. After all, she donated one of her books as a door prize for the first Garden Bloggers Fling...Show More Summary

Stock-tank pond garden is cool even in summer’s heat

Mid-summer is all about foliage in my garden. The spring flowers are long gone, but evergreen plants like ‘Winter Gem’ boxwood, ‘Color Guard’ yucca, bamboo muhly grass, and squid agave look good even when the Death Star’s on full blast. Show More Summary

Twilight in Minder Woods at Chanticleer Garden

At the end of our opening-to-closing day at Chanticleer in early June, Diana and I packed up the wrappings of our picnic dinner (the garden stays open until 8 pm on summer Fridays) and wandered around taking last-minute photos. I meandered through Minder Woods, a small woodland garden adjacent to the Ruin. Show More Summary

Chanticleer’s eerie, mysterious Ruin Garden

Just before our picnic on the comfy stone sofa (no, really!), Diana and I explored the Ruin Garden at Chanticleer, a “pleasure garden” in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The Ruin is a folly resembling an old, crumbling house that’s being overtaken by sapling trees, vines, and shrubs — the triumph of nature. Show More Summary

Chanticleer rocks a Gravel Garden

I’m excited to show you the Gravel Garden at Chanticleer, a Philadelphia-area “pleasure garden” I visited with my friend Diana in early June, as it’s one of my favorite spaces. Planted on a long, open slope overlooking the Pond Garden,...Show More Summary

Chanticleer’s Flower/Vegetable Garden and magical Bell’s Woodland

During our full day at Chanticleer Garden in the Philadelphia area last month, Diana and I left for lunch around 1:30 pm and returned two hours later with full bellies plus a picnic dinner stashed in our bags. On Friday nights in the summer, the garden stays open late — until 8 pm! — and allows visitors to picnic on the grounds. Show More Summary

Leaves of sunshine and moonlight in Chanticleer’s Tennis Court Garden

The Tennis Court Garden at Philly-area Chanticleer (which I visited in early June with my friend Diana) sits a dozen feet below the main path, so you enjoy an overlook before entering. Back when Chanticleer was a private estate property, this space held a tennis court. Show More Summary

Need shade? Read my article about native vines in Wildflower

It’s summer. It’s Texas. And we all know it’s only getting hotter. That’s a line from an old radio ad, but truer words were never spoken. If you need shade in order to enjoy your yard at this time of year, how about giving a native vine...Show More Summary

Flowers and rich foliage at Chanticleer’s Pond Garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Is any garden feature more alluring to people than a body of water? I think not. As Diana and I emerged from Chanticleer‘s shady, green Asian Woods during our early June visit, the sunlit and flowery Pond Garden greeted us (the pond was hidden from view at first), set off by a verdant lawn leading up to Chanticleer House in the distance. Show More Summary

Up on Chanticleer’s elevated walkway and Asian Woods Garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

From the formal House Garden at Chanticleer, the garden path steps off into space — or rather, onto the new elevated walkway that provides an accessible, curving descent down a sloping meadow of foxtail lilies, feathergrass, bee balm, coneflowers, and other sun lovers. Show More Summary

Hot flower border, meadowy lawn at Chanticleer’s House Garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The sun was high when Diana and I exited the Teacup Garden and began to explore Chanticleer‘s House Garden, which unfolds with a view across a tidy croquet lawn. No sign of croquet today — just one cute-as-a-button little girl. The house...Show More Summary

Drinking up beauty in Chanticleer’s Teacup Garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Eight years ago, on a family road trip through Pennsylvania, I visited Chanticleer on a lark (I was planning to see Longwood Gardens but changed my mind at the last minute), and my understanding of what a garden could be changed forever. Show More Summary

Read This: Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

When the Death Star really starts blazing during the summer, we gardeners in the South and Southwest put down our shovels and trowels, do a little weeding or watering in the early morning hours, and mainly try to stay in the shade or a swimming hole until October. Show More Summary

Meadow views and fantasy treehouses at Longwood Gardens

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Contrasting with the many formal and traditional gardens at Longwood Gardens (a Philadelphia-area estate garden I visited earlier this month), the 2-year-old Meadow Garden presents an appearance of wild nature. The meadow’s 86 rolling...Show More Summary

Those who play in glass houses: Conservatory and Indoor Children’s Garden at Longwood Gardens

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Maybe Southerners don’t need conservatories because our winters are pretty green. Growing up in the South, I don’t recall ever visiting a conservatory until I started garden traveling to northern states. (We don’t have a culture of spring...Show More Summary

Rambler roses and dancing water: Formal gardens at Longwood Gardens

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Classically formal gardens aren’t my favorite style of garden, and that’s doubly true if roses are involved (they so often look leggy and lonely unsoftened by companion plants). But Longwood Gardens, a Philadelphia-area estate garden I visited with Diana/Sharing Nature’s Garden earlier this month, surprised me on this score. Show More Summary

Fawning over our new garden resident

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

There’s a baby boom happening in our northwest Austin neighborhood. Yep, it’s fawn season. This one’s mom has been leaving him in the front garden, in a raised bed along the driveway, tucked into soft Berkeley sedge or silvery woolly stemodia, while she goes off to forage. Show More Summary

Garden marries home at destination nursery/garden shop Terrain

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Anthropologie meets Flora Grubb Gardens? Yes, please! While in the Brandywine Valley outside of Philadelphia earlier this month, I was eager to visit Terrain, a nursery, home and garden shop, and restaurant located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

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