Greenbrier Valley House & Garden Tour

Hop on the bus, Gus. Make a new plan, Stan – the Greenbrier Valley House & Garden Tour is back. Mark your calendar for June 11, 2022, 10 am – 4pm. This is one of my favorite days in one of my favorite towns. Eleven properties will be open for touring in Whites Sulphur Springs […]

Mom planted more than vegetables

I always think of my mom when I garden. It was her passion. Her escape. She had the knack. You know what I mean, everything grew big and looked good- just like the catalog said it should. She was a farmer at heart, just like her parents and their parents. Growing vegetables and reaping the […]

A seed library – what a charming idea

“If you have garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero In this age of Zoom and the ease of taking classes while at home, I logged into a gardening presentation featuring multiple topics and speakers. All the sessions were good, but one caught my attention. A seed library! A what?! […]

Purple reigns in this garden

I would like to say it was planned, but really – it was a happy accident. I am well on my way to creating a purple flower bed. Oh, white and silver are mixed in, and of course, green is the backdrop, but purple is the star. It started with my love of allium bulbs. […]

Flowerpot exchange is happening

I love it when a plan comes together.   That is just what happened last July when my friend Lisa mentioned the idea of a flower pot rescue in Charleston. Yes, that’s right, a flowerpot rescue. Bet you are wondering what the heck is a flower pot rescue. Well, it is a fabulous idea, and I […]

Feeling fancy and creating a potager garden

Maybe it’s because I watched a movie set in Paris, maybe it’s because I ate French fries for lunch on Friday-whatever the reason I’m feeling the love for all things French. So why not a French-inspired vegetable garden? A potager garden. I have always referred to my raised beds and herb garden as a kitchen […]

Rock gardens have a rocky history with this gardener

I have nurtured a rock garden on a sunny slope near my back door for the past three years. It was beginning to fill in and become something that reflected the effort I had applied. That was then. Before broken pipes, before busted concrete, before removed decking boards, and before plumbers, not gardeners, dug into […]

Crop Rotation-good for the soil and good for the plants

I’m a creature of habit. I wake up at the same time every day, have the same breakfast, and sit in the same spot to read. Some would call this dull – I call it comforting. Because I like routines in my life, I must remind myself of the importance of crop rotation every spring. […]

Daffodils bring sunshine to the early spring garden

I love the early blooms of snowdrops and crocuses, but nothing gives me hope that spring is on the way like a swath of daffodils. Those sunny yellow blooms reassure me that yes, spring is coming, and the garden is waking up from the winter and beginning to grow. To enjoy the beauty of daffodils […]

Grab your garden tools, this is a busy week for gardeners

Today we spring forward and gain an extra hour of daylight. Great! It gives us an extra hour to spend in the garden. There is much to do in the garden this week; that extra hour will come in handy. It’s time to plant peas, radishes, spinach, and leeks in the garden. Peas like cool […]