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Maggie the Mannequin at San Francisco Garden Show


The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is March 19-23, and what a surprise, the advertising theme is flowers.  But the fun thing is an injection of new energy targeting a younger audience and special events.

As anyone who has attended the Show in recent years knows, the Show is not in San Francisco, but in San Mateo Convention Center 20 miles south.  While this is convenient for a large audience that lives in these suburbs, it lacks the energy of a City atmosphere and is tough for public transportation.

New owners of the Show are looking for ways to move it back to San Francisco but in the meantime they are looking for new ideas to make it a success and an event with buzz. Continue Reading →

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I Have Faith

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks - Angel detail

Angel detail from The Virgin of the Rocks – Leonardo da Vinci

To be a gardener, you must have faith.  You must believe you can coax life to bend to your will.  You are a god.

This is a spiritual time of year, and a time to renew faith in God.  Whether a personal god, the pagan gods, or a god of doctrine and formal beliefs, true belief is a comfort.  A comfort that there are bigger things than us, that we exist in a larger spirit.  Life will always go on.  Perhaps without humans one day, but life is good, it will go on. Continue Reading →

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Telling Stories

Art, sculpture of children playing leapfrog in California meadow gardenIt is easy to get overwhelmed when trying to find a photo in a beautiful garden.  We garden photographers want to capture everything before the moment passes.   We know garden beauty is ephemeral and changes at the drop of a leaf or shifting of the light.

But to make a “good” garden photo, slow down, think about what inspires you.  Tell a story, tell your story the way you see it. Continue Reading →

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with cactus

After however long it is, I’m leaving Gardening Gone Wild. It has been a great opportunity to pass on ideas, thoughts and experiences to the wider garden community, and sometimes to ask awkward questions and to provoke.

I think it is time I devote some more time to my own blog, and to develop other ways of connecting with people in the garden world. I have very much enjoyed contributing, and I am grateful to Fran and the others for inviting me and having me on board.

I do hope you’ll stay connected through my blog, my books – I have a new one with Piet Oudolf coming out in April; the gardeners’ soap opera and a new venture this – a course on perennials I am running for MyGardenSchool. If you want to make sure that you stay in touch sign onto my mailing list on the home page at or email me on




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Ideas from the south – tree painting and DIY green walls


Bored with that tree in the garden. Get out some paint! Preferably bio-d and non-toxic of course. This installation was done at not-quite-open-yet-but-soon-will-be nature centre near Tigre, outside Buenos Aires, and linked with the town’s Fine Art Museum as part of an initiative to promote conservation of the unique delta environment. Continue Reading →

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