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Garden History: Your victory garden counts more than ever!

It isn’t just during times of war that your Victory Garden counts. I wish that they had never gone out of style. Once food rationing finished and food was freely available again, most returned to there previous ways of life. Pity. Gardening brings so much more than just food. It can bring health, heart and […]

Garden History: Whitworth Gardens, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England

There is always something so special in a patch of water in the garden. Be it a large lake, small pond or even just awarer garden in a whiskey barrel, the look and sound of water is as attractive to we humans as it is to native wildlife. The biggest suggestion for those wanting to […]

Garden History: John & Lizzie Wilson from Boston in Bradenton, Florida, 1951

A garden can grow wherever you wish. This scene of “Snowbirds” over-wintering in Florida shows just that. Humans have an innate sense of gardening and growing, even if it isn’t required for our survival any longer. Perhaps it harkens back to those days when raising your own food was critical to life itself, Maybe gardening […]

Garden History: Paris Exposition: gardens, Paris, France, 1900

When I came across this photo, it immediately reminded me of my one and only visit to the city in 2000. With a 2 1/2 year old boy in tow as we made our way from London, to Paris, to Rome and then to visit family in Sicily, parks were a big part of our […]

Garden History: Wisteria blooms in Davis Garden (Locust Valley, New York), 1930

Garden History draws on “The Commons” a collection of historical photos from institutions from around the world. According to Flickr: The Commons was launched on January 16 2008, when Flickr released our pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress. Both Flickr and the Library were overwhelmed by the positive response to the project! […]

Photos: 9 Years Ago: Matilija Poppy at Theodore Payne Foundation of Wildflowers and Native Plants

Matilija Poppy (Romneya) at Theodore Payne Foundation of Wildflowers and Native Plants More information on Matilija Poppy: Matilija Poppy (Romneya) at Wikipedia The Dry Garden: Matilija poppies take the stage, showgirls of Southern California slopes from The Los Angeles Times Romneya coulteri, Matilija Poppy from La Pilitas Nursery Read more on this topic: Photo: Matilija Poppy at Theodore […]

Photo: Sunset New Western Garden Book, 4th Edition, 1979

I saw this at a client’s house and had to grab a quick shot. I actually thought it was even older, but 1979 still makes it over 30 years old. I bought what was the current edition(8th) when I purchased my house in 1996 and have used it a lot since. Sunset released a new […]

2012 Gift Guide: Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History Who would have thought that plants could be so important to world history, but from the rubber plant to the quinine to drugs and treatments yet to be discovered, plants have helped human survive and thrive throughout history. From Amazon.com… “Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of […]

2012 Gift Guide: The Great Potato Book

The Great Potato Book A serendipitous look though the sorting shelves at my local library led me to The Great Potato Book, which can only be described as raising food fetishism to a new height. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. Beautifully photographed and printed on glossy stock, The Great Potato Book presents […]

2012 Gift Guide: Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it

Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it MIchael Ableman leaves his own farm in Canada in order to visit other organic farmers throughout the United States. He is on a search for “real food” among all the industrial agriculture that farming has become. The people […]