MANY PEOPLE THRILL at a sunny day in the garden, but if photographing the landscape and its plants is your pursuit, as it is Ken Druse’s, you take the contrarian view. “I love overcast,” says Ken, and “drizzle” is another favorite forecast for the author of 18 garden books, whose camera has taken him to more gardens than most of us will see in a lifetime. Ken shared some of his top garden-photography tips in a Q&A interview and this week’s public-radio show and podcast (and I was the guest on Ken’s show this last week, on another topic altogether…more on both on the jump page). [read more…]
APPLES TREES—the fruit everyone thinks they want in their backyards—aren’t easy to grow East of the Rockies, as those who have tried probably noticed when they produced blemished fruit (or required multiple pest-defeating tactics on a strict schedule). And if you’re keeping track, apples aren’t native. Fruit expert Lee Reich offers up two unusual but delicious American native fruit-tree beauties that require little more than to be planted. In print or the latest public-radio podcast, how to grow pawpaws (top photo) and persimmons to perfection. [read more…]
GARDEN OPEN DAYS start at my place in Columbia County, New York, on Saturday, May 11, when this slow spring promises lots of early goodies that would normally have gone by. Make a day of it: Reserve your ticket now for a morning organic fruit-growing lecture by Lee Reich, plus an afternoon grafting workshop—and an all-day plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery is also on tap. The details: [read more…]
‘HALLELUJAH, the garden saved me,” I said, and also, “What’s not to love about a frog?” Those Margaret-isms are among the snippets from my recent appearance on “The Leonard Lopate Show” on WNYC, the New York NPR affiliate I have listened to daily my entire adult life, and a fun Q&A interview in the latest issue of “Folk” magazine. Listen to the Lopate segment, and read the “Folk” piece by Andrew Ritchie (pdf format, page 18 onward). Hope you find both ribbiting.