The Desert Museum

  The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, commonly the Desert Museum, is a gem in Tucson, AZ.  It is a  top flight family activity with the incorporation of a minor zoo’s worth of desert animals along with the plant exhibits of the botanic garden.  They have a stingray exhibit going now, which shows they know what kids… [Continue Reading]

Tohono Chul

Tohono Chul is a botanical garden located in Tucscon, AZ.  Although not as famous as the Desert Museum or the Saguaro National Park, it is a fine garden and well worth a visit.  The design elements are worth noting.  They have erected many walls, installed doors, made little courtyards and patios and otherwise have developed… [Continue Reading]

Garden Design for Four Seasons

Garden design for four seasons is crucial in a northern climate.  Winter is long.  If you don’t plan ahead for its arrival, then it will be dull indeed. I get to watch people shop at my nursery.  The really great gardeners are easy to pick out.   They choose plants for their appeal over a long… [Continue Reading]

Mendocino Botanical Garden

I love botanical gardens (Missouri, Denver, Santa Fe, etc.) and I’ve found another one:  Mendocino Botanical Garden.  I also love Mendocino.  The combination is well worth the price of admission.   Free to the town, $8.00 to the garden.   Mendocino is located on the Northern California coast.   It’s warmer and drier than the Oregon coast.   Mendocino… [Continue Reading]

Bristlecone Pine

The Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata) is the oldest tree on earth.  The oldest tree is located in the Methusala Grove within the larger Schulman Grove at the Bristlecone Pine Forest in California.   The oldest tree is not specifically marked to help guard its safety, but there are a handful of contenders, and all are over… [Continue Reading]

Cutting Back the Garden

Cutting back the garden is the chore every fall that sets the stage for spring.   We empty our containers (unless we planted them for fall/winter) and remove at least the top foot of soil so fresh potting soil can be added in spring.  That takes some work when you have as many large pots as… [Continue Reading]

The Oregon Garden

If you are not familiar with it, The Oregon Garden is located in Silverton, Oregon (near Salem).  It came into being when the EPA required that Silverton improve its water treatment facility or pay a $10,000 a day fine.  The garden is designed around many large ponds and wetlands that serve the purpose of treating… [Continue Reading]

Grumpy Old Gardener

I love gardens.  Little can make me happier than building a beautiful new space.   I am so lucky and grateful that I have had the opportunity to do what I love most and be supported by my customers so I can keep bringing the perennial flowers, trees, conifers, grasses, annuals, pottery and more to… [Continue Reading]

Garden Foliage

Garden foliage can be even more important than garden flowers.   The foliage lasts all season, whereas bloom season for any given plant is generally more limited.  Foliage provides color, contrast, texture, and scale in a garden.  Bold garden foliage such as a large hosta or Rodgersia can provide an impressive nearly tropical look.  Similarly, a… [Continue Reading]

5 Plants to Know

At a nursery known for offering thousands of varieties and keeping up with the latest, how can I pick the 5 plants to know from that inventory?   Admittedly, the pick is going to be a bit random.   But these are tough plants, one and all.   Colorful and tough.  Let’s start with a… [Continue Reading]