podcast: with debbie millman's 'design matters'

I HAD A DAYLONG ADVENTURE back to New York City recently, when Debbie Millman, chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding and creator of the podcast show “Design Matters,” invited me to her studio to record. Though Millman is still very much in the thick of it—not a dropout gardener by any means!—she’d read my recent book, and wanted to talk about a range of things from my history as a serial college dropout, to my love of gardening, my days at Martha Stewart, the importance of stillness—and what my Girl Scout sash still means to me. Enjoy the recording (which along with all of Millman’s archives since 2005 are hosted on a favorite site of mine, Design Observer). And say hello to Debbie while you’re there listening.

  1. Brian G. says:

    Another good one. Hope your trip to “the city” wasn’t too traumatizing. Scary crowded these days, isn’t it? Where do all these tourists get the money for travel? I thought the whole world was broke. Someone is holding out on me.

  2. Iliana says:

    Thanks for the podcast. Your story and your giant leaps to find your quiet space in your garden are amazing. I love that you have encouraged all types of large and small plants to grow together in harmony -without a calculated and precise plan.
    Keep those photos and stories coming. They make us all smile.

    1. Margaret says:

      Thank you, Iliana. You are very, very sweet to take the time to say this. In need of a little encouragement over here after all the snow damage and so on lately.

      And Irene: You ought to know! :)

  3. dd says:

    Loved the pod cast. I think our mothers were related( no Barbies, just GS sash)
    Your voice was a surprise. Very inspiring for us gardening wannabees!
    Thank you.

  4. Shy Ann says:

    I’m listening to this podcast, which is so interesting and intriguing , as I write this.

    With that said, your voice is a joy to hear because you echo what some of us with Gardens that we love and enjoy and nurture and discover and uncover feel inside and “outside”.

    Good on you for discovering you through the garden.

    BTW, I post Andre’s cartoons on my blog, because they deserved to be shared and speak simply to our simple selves. (Simple as in basic, not retarded….although sometimes…….lol.)

  5. Simon says:

    Thank you. It was inspiring.
    You are so right about needing to have solitude. It is just scary in this 24/7 internet age. You feel you are missing out on something if you are not connected.
    What I really miss is the connection with myself. And I can find that in the humbling experience of Gardening. At the moment I am finding it in splitting logs to lay up for the Winter. This is my first Autumn chore which I started at half-term.
    The nights are drawing in. The clocks have gone backwards and now is the time to put the garden to bed and plan for next year. Have a safe Winter.

    1. Margaret says:

      Thank you, Simon, for your very kind comment. I missed the connection with myself, too (so well-put, thanks). I am busy on another book right now, and hunkering down deeper and deeper into my quiet place that I go when I write big things…perfect timing, with the darker, colder days. See you soon!

  6. Josh says:

    This was a great podcast, thank you. It sort of reminded me of the book the Inward Garden. Winter is coming and it is getting harder to enjoy the warmth I usually get from the garden though.

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