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2009-09-11 :: megan // Gardens + Plants + Stores
More New York-y Goodness

If I lived in New York, I think I’d have to be a regular at Chris King of Foliage Plants. It was always closed when I walked by, but how I wanted to find a way in to that steamy tropical rooftop. Imagine living in one of those apartments with windows looking out on this [...]

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2009-09-02 :: megan // Gardens + Plants
Works in progress

I have the best deal going with some friends. When I’d go over to their house, I marveled at the wall to wall windows with a view out on the garden. They wanted to lose the lawn entirely (yes!) and plant a hardy, easy care, drought tolerant garden. They have a huge lot, with conditions [...]

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For Portlanders lucky enough to live on a nice steep hill that gives them good enough drainage to grow plants that otherwise don’t tolerate our wet winters, gardening is a totally different affair. In my parents’ neighborhood, there’s a house I must have driven by a hundred times, but never looked up to get a [...]


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Lonely Planet, I am not, but for a lazy traveler whose idea of a good vacation day is a little walking, garden ogling, brunch, and inspired vintage shopping, I have found my foolproof day. Am I in a rut to beat this path three times in a row on trips to NYC? Maybe, but looking [...]


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The Unknowns I came home from the garden with a collection of unidentified plants I need to get my hands on. How fantastic is this combination, a colocasia with something? I love the way the leaf textures mingle, velvety with glossy. The widest leaves on this plant were about 10 inches across. Herbaceous stems about [...]

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Friday we spent the afternoon at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. From one extreme to the other. The last time I was here in January, it was too icy to walk around the pond, and there was no wildlife to be found, except for the birds. This time, it was hot hot hot. Since I’ve been [...]

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Our friends’ wedding rehearsal was held in the courtyard of their Brooklyn apartment. The patio and deck were surrounded by raised beds dominated by foliage plants – boxwoods punctuated with purple leafed smokebush, with a collection of meticulously pruned conifers at the end of the garden. The only flowers were island containers of pink pelargoniums. [...]

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2009-08-14 :: megan // Gardens
GreenThumb, NYC

I’m in New York for a wedding and a little vacation for a week. You wouldn’t necessarily think there’d be a lot of gardening going on, but it’s out there. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation runs the country’s largest community garden program called GreenThumb that organizes neighborhood volunteers to plant and [...]

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2009-07-09 :: megan // Gardens
More snooping

I live in a neighborhood that has had its ups and downs over the years, but I’ve always loved it. My grandparents had a house about two miles away straight down the street, so I’ve been here for decades. When I moved into my house, there were vacant homes, rentals with young kids and loud [...]

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2009-07-08 :: megan // Gardens

I’ve been doing some drive by garden photography. This study in gold plants caught my eye, so I pulled over for a closer look. I am slowly warming up to growing edibles, since they do seem like the right thing to do with your garden space, but I’ve always been more inclined to fill every [...]

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