Identifying Spring Ephemerals and other Interesting plants

The temperate forest is the second most botanically diverse biome. If you visit the forest in the spring you’ll see a show. Unlike the rainforest, deciduous trees in the temperate forest lose their leaves. Before new leaves are fully formed, in the spring, herbaceous flowering plants exploit the light that comes through the canopy. They complete their life cycle by occupying a niche in the … Continue reading Identifying Spring Ephemerals and other Interesting plants

In Need of Some Garden Inspiration?

Topiary and roof gardens are definitely in my DREAMS, so I happened to love this episode of the Great British Garden Revival! I bet you’ll love it too!   The Buxus in front of my house is very tempting after watching this. It’s quite small and rectangular… maybe cloud shapes would be a possibility? I love roof gardens, and was so surprised by their history. … Continue reading In Need of Some Garden Inspiration?

Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn

I google searched this series, “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn,” for the longest time. I finally found that all the episodes are on YouTube. It’s an excellent series on gardening traditions! (I just wish it was in better visual quality. Oh well.) Episode 1. “Roses and Rose Gardens”: An adventure with the flower of legend, romance and beauty Episode 2. “Formal Gardens”: A … Continue reading Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn

Stonecrop Gardens. Cold Springs, NY

I recently had a working interview with Stonecrop Gardens. It’s a beautiful public garden in Coldsprings, NY, 60 miles from New York City. The garden features raised alpine stone beds, a cliff rock garden, woodland and water gardens, an enclosed English-style flower garden, a systematic order beds representing over 50 plant families, and much more. It’s development was directed by English horticulturist, Caroline Burgess. She … Continue reading Stonecrop Gardens. Cold Springs, NY

Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show and Lights

Alex and I braved the crowds to see the winter flower and light show at the Phipps last Saturday. It was definitely worth it. I highly recommend the Phipps Conservatory! It has the best collection I have ever seen! If you’re planning on visiting, keep in mind that the place fills up fast after dark! I was so sad when I got to the Phipps … Continue reading Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show and Lights