Up a Wall

August 6, 2016
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If you’re outta floor, deck, or counter space for plants, why not – go – up a wall?

Vertical Garden

This Saturday, August 13th, I’ll be playing with plants – VERTICALLY at Filoli. If you’ve not been to this treasured estate and garden in Woodside, California, it is worth a trip. 

Scouring the Lila B. photo archives while planning for the class reminded me that the possibilities are endless! Plus, it’d be fun to share some ideas.

Each day this week, starting this very morning, a new idea on vertical gardening will be posted on Facebook.

Hope you’ll join along. I’d love to see some of your vertical living art too.

Happy small space gardening everyone!


There might still be room in the class – see here

Photo by Sophie de Lignerolles

Oca Hopin

June 24, 2016
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Oca Hopin


I love the leaf shape but it is known for the tuber which is often compared to a potato. The whole plant is edible according to the grower Sweetwater Nursery. Here’s a sweet video to tell you more about this one.


Another exciting thing in this photo is the grow pot! It is biodegradable – fabulous – no plastic to recycle. Thank you Eco Forms


June 22, 2016
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Looking for a plant to sweeten up your summer drink? Try Stevia. You may have seen this in a bottle at a local cafe (like here at Stable Cafe) or picked up a tincture of it for your own kitchen cabinet.

First introduced to this by my neighbor – I tried a few drops in my tea (yes, only a few it is potent if you buy the tincture) and loved it. She said the other day, I wish I could grow this….well…that lead to my very easy search for the plant.

Found at my local nursery Flowercraft in San Francisco it now is planted on her deck. Luckily, our decks connect. So I might be enjoying some fresh crushed stevia leaf in my summer-time iced tea.


Stay tuned tomorrow for the third of five Herb-A-Day stories.

Making beautiful statements with living things