Cool your garden down with water features

Summer and water just go together. The ocean, a lake, or a creek — something about being near the water is peaceful. You may be lucky enough to have a swimming pool or fishing pond on your property, but that is not an option for most of us. Still, there are ways to bring water […]

Celebrating WV’s wild and wonderful natural wonders

Happy birthday, West Virginia! You have aged, but your mountains and meadows are filled with wonder. It’s no surprise that the black bear was chosen to be the state animal by popular vote and officially adopted by the Legislature in 1973. They roam our hills and even our neighborhoods. It wasn’t that long ago that […]

Welcome to the WV Botanic Garden

One Friday morning, I played hooky from work, jumped in a friend’s car, and set off on an adventure. We headed to the West Virginia Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve in Morgantown. We (when I say we, I really mean not me) packed a cooler with snacks and water, even a little chocolate, and […]

My Favorite Things

Whiskers on kittens, raindrops on roses — of course these are a few of my favorite things. I even like snow on my nose and eyelashes, but there are many other moments throughout the day that make me happy. It’s Christmastime and I love the smell of fresh pine. The smell greets me as I […]

Hammering Out Your Creativity

One of the many reasons to love fall in West Virginia is the expansion of FestivALL to include FestivFALL. It happens every year mid-October (Oct. 10-17, 2020). Although this year most of the activities will happen virtually, there are plenty of opportunities to see, do, shop and enjoy. I was lucky enough to participate in […]

A Remembrance of an Old Friend and His Lovely Garden

In a small courtyard with a white, wrought-iron settee, an intimate group of family and friends gathered to say goodbye. Through thoughtful prayers, tears, and a eulogy delivered with wit and love, I realized this was the perfect way to honor a life well-lived. Against the church wall was a simple border of tea roses, […]

Good to Grow: Introduce blues into the rhythm of your garden

As published in the Charleston Gazette. “The blue bell is the sweetest flower That waves in summer air; Its blossoms have the mightiest power To soothe my spirit’s care.” — “The Blue Bell,” by Emily Bronte I love blues. Yes, the music, and blue china, blue skies, blue jeans and blue in the garden. Now […]

The Greener Grass On The Other Side

I’m just back from visiting my friends who live in the big city. They are urban dwellers with a lovely courtyard and a great rescue dog. She is a beautiful, black German Shepherd with a lot of energy. Guess what? She digs. She digs big holes and dumps her toys into them. Well, that first […]

Good to Grow: State Fair of West Virginia in full bloom

As published in the Charleston Gazette. County fair, school fair, heck, “My Fair Lady.” I love a fair, but nothing is quite like a state fair. It’s August, which means I’m headed to Fairlea, home of the fairgrounds and the State Fair of West Virginia, which runs Aug. 8-17. I begin planning my adventures just […]