crafting / garden ornaments / Winter Gardening

Garden clubs ignite the gardening spirit, soothe the tired winter soul

I had the pleasure of speaking at two garden club meetings this week at opposite ends of the city — the Hennepin County Horticultural Society and the Dakota Gardeners. They were both lively, spirited groups with gardening enthusiasm for days! I spoke of the winter gardening turning point in my head; that moment when you … Continue reading

Terrariums Take 2: Terrific plants make the terrarium
Garden Crafts / Houseplants / Winter Gardening

Terrariums Take 2: Terrific plants make the terrarium

Check out part 1 on making your own terrarium. Read my article at Northern Gardener (it’s the sample article this month). Consider a membership or subscription while you are there. Planting the garden. When selecting your terrarium’s plants, use the same design principles you use in your outdoor garden. Look for a contrast of textures, sizes, … Continue reading

Create a terrarium for yourself or a friend this season. It’s a fun, easy D-I-Y project.
Houseplants / Winter Gardening

Create a terrarium for yourself or a friend this season. It’s a fun, easy D-I-Y project.

Last summer, I wrote and photographed an article on making a terrarium, for Northern Gardener magazine. You can read the entire piece online, it’s the sample article on the homepage, from the Nov/Dec issue currently on newsstands. I’ve learned a few things since putting the piece together–most of all, that I LOVE terrariums. I built several … Continue reading

late summer garden / Perennials

My on-and-off-again love affair with Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)

Deer resistant, drought tolerant, will handle some shade, all around tough as nails, and interestingly beautiful to boot. So, what’s the problem you may ask. Well, these handsome devils in the garden like to re-seed like crazy. If you happen to be like me and have trouble hoe-ing down volunteer plants, especially ones you love, they can … Continue reading