I'm Miriam Ava, the ambassador of good taste. I share messages that matter, one Dispatch at a time. The launch of Dr. Mark Hyman's latest book The ...
This plant's stubborn determination to stop at nothing to express itself has had a surprising effect on me. In a way, it's helped me to expand my own horizons. Gradually backing down from my former bias, I was able to appreciate so much about my cellmate, like its wildly verdant vitality against the backdrop of winter desolation. Its survival instinct alone staggered me.
Climate change is a problem with a natural system so no wonder that climate change is generally still viewed as a problem which affects other people but rarely yourself when we live so disconnected from nature.
The Carpet Garden is an exquisite, exotic site, and becomes heavy with scent and bright colors in July. The idea for this otherworldly garden came from one of the carpets at Highgrove.
What's the point of all that tough, dirty garden work if you never get to enjoy the benefits? Maybe, you think, you're just not cut out for gardening. Well, that's where you're wrong.
Take a break from staring sadly outside at a cold, white landscape, and feast your eyes on some spring-tastic gardening ideas, for green-thumbs, black-thumbs, and all thumbs in between.
To grow aromatics, strawberries, or radishes you only need a window and a window box. If you have a balcony, a yard, or, even better, a terrace or a piece of land, you can grow any of the 16,000 marketed varieties of these plants.
I inherited 10 fruit trees, one a 50 year-old Anjou Pear. A couple of apple of unknown variety, five citrus, a Loquat and a Black Fig. They all survived my learning curve, so I figured I had graduated to the level of planting my own varieties of fruit.
For many years, I have been an avid gardener. Not only does gardening have numerous health benefits related to breathing fresh air, touching mineral-r...
Gardening in Maine can almost be an oxymoron -- her orderly, manicured and aesthetically perfect front garden stands in sharp contrast to the wild sea and cold skies of the Northeast. Yet she manages.
Nature gives us lessons all year long, through each season. It totally amazes me. So as you huddle around the bonfire, kick around the leaves, and enjoy the crisp fall air, reflect on the lessons from the harvest and embrace the necessary renewal of winter.
"Nothing in nature is straight. So that's how I design. There's no rhyme or reason. I'm planting for aesthetics. I want to be assaulted by smell, by beauty, by taste."
I'm done fighting with Mother Nature. Someday I hope to afford professional landscapers who are more equipped to fight off vermin and don't take it personally.
Fall doesn't have to be all about leaves and pumpkins. It can be that last breath of summer color you need before holing away for the long gray winter ahead.
Here are five great ideas on how to amp up your garden style, so you can enjoy your outdoor space all the way up to Jack Frost's first visit!
LBL was reminded that the last time, she, herself, was in such a panting, sweaty state was in 1968 and she was backstage at the Newport Folk Festival, in a van with one of the members of the sound crew.