My 2016 Garden Conservancy Open Days

I did not open my gardens to the public last summer. Why? Well, I was busy writing recipes and taking photographs for my cookbook (it's coming -- I promise!), and there was precious little time to pull weeds. But this summer will be different. I'll be open twice! Here are the tour dates, along with pictures of the gardens you'll visit: Read more »

My Herb Garden, or How to Decorate Rich (Even When You’re Not)

In my world, a garden begins with a vision.  A totally awesome vision which, by hook or by crook, can be realized on a less-than awesome budget. Wanna decorate rich even when you're not? Consider my little Herb Garden: Read more »

Boxwood: An Extreme Makeover!

Hallelujah -- my boxwood received its annual haircut yesterday. To accomplish this job, I rented a gas-powered hedge-trimmer from the local hardware store. I also rented a professional boxwood-barber, who groomed more than 300 shrubs in just four hours. Wanna see the before-and-after pictures? Here we go: Read more »

How I Propagate Boxwood

I adore boxwood. It's elegant, evergreen, and -- when established -- drought-tolerant. Of course, it's also hideously expensive! But you can have a formal Buxus hedge without breaking the bank. Here's how: Read more »

My Herb Garden in Mid-May, 2014

YESTERDAY, in between writing and cooking assignments, I spent some time working in the Herb Garden, with Lily the Beagle at my side. Would you like to visit us in this tiny but productive potager? Read more »

Spring Dreams

ARE YOU A DAY-DREAMER? Me too. And right now, my thoughts -- like yours -- are drifting toward the things I'll do and see when this horrific winter finally melts into spring: Read more »

A September Walk in the Garden

TODAY, because the sun is shining, because the air is crisp and calm, and because it's the first official day of autumn, I think a little tour of the garden is in order. Mind taking a walk with me? Read more »