Native vs. “Native” – GardenRant

Native vs. “Native” – GardenRant
For my podcast and radio program this week (they’ll post on Wednesday), I interviewed Uli Lorimer, the Director of Horticulture at the Native Plant Trust.  Uli first attracted attention as the curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s native flora garden, which he helped to expand into one of the finest, most innovative displays of natives in the United States.  A year ago, Uli moved to the Native Plant Trust (formerly the New England Wildflower Society) where he serves as Director of Horticulture, supervising the Trust’s 45-acre woodland garden and its nursery operation in western Massachusetts.  When I spoke to him, I asked Uli about the difficulties I have found in sourcing truly native, “native” plants. I enclosed native in quotation marks because, as Uli confirmed, many plants sold as natives are not actually native to the region where the customer gardens.   Nursery people commonly apply the term rather loosely.  So... Read More

IKEA Closet Organizer: Built-In PAX Wardrobe in a Shared Girls’ Room

IKEA Closet Organizer: Built-In PAX Wardrobe in a Shared Girls’ Room
Looking for a great closet organization idea? Look no further than this IKEA closet organizer! This post is Sponsored by IKEA.  Thank you, IKEA!!  We love working with you and all your fabulous products! For more closet organization ideas, see this custom DIY closet organizer, this amazing bedroom closet renovation, and this adorable DIY boutique-style closet. When we first moved into this new project house, one of the first things I brainstormed was closet organization ideas. We needed a great clothing storage solution for my two girls. They were sharing a small bedroom with not much room for even one dresser and with only one small closet which just wasn’t working for us. We had used IKEA pieces in our last house to build in a closet. This time, with the IKEA PAX closet organizer, we were able to actually shrink the space the closet … Read More

John And Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen

John And Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen
Room Remodelling Create the proper entrance yard and backyard landscapes with our gardening suggestions. But what’s a pasta class without wine? To not fear – The Massachusetts Wine Shop will provide tastes of local New England wines that pair completely with pasta and the recipe we’ll be making. Comply with our “Gardening by Month” calendar of what to do in your garden. Click on on “Suggestions and Tasks” on a month and scroll right down to “Vegetables”. Members can maintain their very own custom lists of plants that they develop (or want to grow in the future). They can then use this checklist as a journal where they report milestones within the growth of all their crops. These lists additionally form the backbone of the world’s largest seed swap that occurs every fall, when tens of hundreds of seed packets are shared amongst the NGA membership. Kitchens are the most … Read More