Every May, my husband, Kevin, heads out to our cabin in western Colorado to put in our summer garden. It is his time to fix fences and set the irrigation pipes, to plant the basics I rely on in the kitchen—such as tomatoes, zucchini, and fava beans—and to tend the perennials I use to season them, like oregano, thyme, and sage. Come late June, when I leave our home in New York City to join him for the summer, I take on the garden chores. I work in the early mornings, before the sun gets too hot. I walk across the backyard in my rubber boots, hoe in hand, stepping on the morning glories that blanket the lawn.
Dispatch from mom! Our assistant editor's mom sent us snapshots and observations from the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs through this Sunday, March 13. Here's a look at one visitor's favorite displays and plants from this year's show.
Frank Cabot, the founder of the Garden Conservancy, is devoted to preserving horticultural treasures from the inmates' gardens on Alcatraz to the work of a self-taught topiary artist in South Carolina. Most people know the Garden Conservancy for its annual Open Days, but the Conservancy has does a lot of work preserving American garden culture as well. We profile the man who has secured so many landscape legacies and who will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Foundation of Landscape Studies next month.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House with a stylized motif of the flower, which grow alongside the Los Angeles landmark building. The effect is a beautiful symmetry of architecture and nature, with a surprising unity of character: somehow, the concrete hollyhocks look no less elegant than the living flowers reflected beneath them.