Author Archives: Jenny Koester

Overcoming the Gardening Sabbatical

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As much as we would like to be gardening each day there are events that keep us at arm’s length from our greatest desire. Most of us will have to deal with one, or possibly two, nature-inflicted gardening sabbaticals. It …

A Cast of Characters Awaits

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Please excuse this around the bush approach to revealing the newest recipient of our Best Gardening Blogs distinction. You see, I was in a bit of a mood the other day. I wanted to garden, I wanted to read, I …

My Garden Skeleton

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I have been carrying this little secret with me for far too long now. It is time I come clean. When it comes to houseplants, I am all black thumbs.  For years I doggedly worked on growing houseplants. I needed …

An Unexpected Surprise

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I am still on a bit of a high from my recent trip to the Seattle Fling for garden bloggers. So many ‘firsts’ for me on this wonderful adventure I don’t know where to begin. If you have not heard of …

This Covert Garden is Hot

I waited all week to buy plants for The Covert Garden. I hoped to avoid plant shopping in the heat and it also gave me something to look forward to: a little garden reward for a good week’s work. I …

Wegerzyn Gardens, A Photo Tour

Wegerzyn Gardens is a great garden trekking destination.  After spending the better part of the day exploring the gardens, dodging a thunderstorm and simply enjoying the beauty of the flowers, I had far more photos to share than would fit …

Take Trip to Hayefield

A prolific writer and accomplished photographer is the newest recipient of our Best Gardening Blogs 2011 distinction. Nancy Ondra is the author and garden guru behind Hayefield, a blog based in Bucks County Pennsylvania.

Design Challenge

This landless gardener has been quite busy in the gardens as of late. How do you manage that? you may ask. Easy! I am a volunteer gardener with the Adopt-a-Plot program at Ault Park, a Cincinnati park just a hop, …

Natural Gardening, A Garden Journal

Some garden blogs tell the story of gardening like a university course in horticulture and others lean towards photojournalism. And then there are those like Natural Gardening by Lisa Wagner that read like a gardener’s journal.  About four years ago Lisa …