Ephemeral Gardens and Inspiring Workshops

March 18, 2015
Posted by in Classes

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A Spring Filled with Beautiful Workshops!

Starting this week, I’ll be visiting temporary yet magical gardens nestled in the most unlikely places. These jaw-dropping-flower-filled rooms may defy a sense of practicality but they are sure to inspire.

Each day a plethora of talented designers, gardeners, chefs, and floral artists lead classes, demonstrate their skills, and most importantly share their passions with attendees.

These are two lovely events that I look forward to. This year, I’ll be teaching at both; I hope you’ll join me.


March 19, 12:30 p.m. (THIS WEEK!)
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
San Mateo, CA

This is ‘the’ place to go if you’re looking to learn about gardening. The convention center is transformed into lush gardens so artfully that may even make you think that you’ve landed in a jungle. Garden Tribe summoned 60 experts to tout their talents. When I’m not attending the wide range of classes (including carnivorous plants, vertical gardens, and sauerkraut) I’ll be on stage…

Make It Feel Like Spring

January 25, 2015
Posted by in Books

Paige Green Hyacinth

Pick up a sprouting Hyacinth. Watch it rise and its blooms explode. Soak in the potent fragrance of spring.


Photo by Paige Green Photography.

One of my favorite photos by Paige Green when we were working on The Plant Recipe Book together…. ‘Tho this one didn’t make it to print. It makes me swoon none the less.

Insider Tips #2 from The Plant Recipe Book: The Hedgehog

November 20, 2014

There’s something about the simplicity of a vase with an air plant. Then, there’s the sweetness of a cute animal vase. Add an air plant. And Voila: Big Grin. But you don’t need to beat the concept over the head. Go simple. Go subtle. Try it out. Play around.

Here’s a second blog entry of Insider Tips form the Plant Recipe Book series.

This is a clean project.  No mess. No planting.  Air plants don’t need soil. {Grin} Just set it there, take a step back, and ponder. Do I like this? Do I like it there? If not, pick it up and move it. No broom required.

Vase Resources: Last year, my sister picked up the sweet hedgehog measuring cup set from Anthropologie. Then, I borrowed (well, politely took) it for The Plant Recipe Book project. Thanks sis. Last I checked, they were (sadly) sold out. Try Ebay, I’ve seen them there…Or there’s a similar one from West Elm available now.

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Oh goodness: wouldn’t it be fab to find these Retro Hedgehog ashtrays (aka vases) from the 1960s?

Substitutions (shake it up!)

If you just can’t find a hedgehog…

Making beautiful statements with living things