Recipe: May Wine with Sweet Woodruff

Celebrate the start to May with this old-fashioned recipe for May Wine, which features hints of the herb sweet woodruff and organic strawberries. This delicious drink has long been enjoyed on May Day and was one of many charming traditions celebrated… [Continue Reading]

Recipe: May Wine with Sweet Woodruff Recipe: May Wine with Sweet Woodruff

Growing Poppies in The Garden

Poppies are easy to love. The flowers mix beautifully with roses, lavenders and other perennials, and provide a romantic, carefree look to any garden. Best of all, poppies are easy to grow from seeds, and many of them reseed to provide beauty year after… [Continue Reading]

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Five Reasons Why Kids Should Garden

One of my favorite childhood memories was running around the garden until dinner time, chasing after lightning bugs and catching tadpoles. Sadly, too many kids spend most of their summer time indoors, playing on video games or watching TV. This lack… [Continue Reading]

Five Reasons Why Kids Should Garden Five Reasons Why Kids Should Garden

At Home With P. Allen Smith

My mother used to say that when she died, she imagined heaven would look like Charlottesville, Virginia. She really meant Monticello, the famous country estate that belonged to Thomas Jefferson, with its Neoclassic architecture, orderly kitchen gardens… [Continue Reading]

At Home With P. Allen Smith At Home With P. Allen Smith

The Art of Gardening Giveaway

by Seasonal Wisdom on May 6, 2015

The Art of Gardening Giveaway coverAfter a long winter for many people, it’s finally time to get gardening. That’s why Seasonal Wisdom is so delighted to host this giveaway of fun prizes, which will help increase your creativity and success in the garden. But hurry! This giveaway ends midnight, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Read the full article →

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A Stroll Through Ventura Botanical Gardens

by Seasonal Wisdom on April 18, 2015

Ventura Botanical Gardens view of city and oceanIn the foothills overlooking Ventura, California are the rapidly growing seeds of a new botanical garden, specializing in Mediterranean plants. On a recent spring day, Seasonal Wisdom took a quick stroll along the public garden’s demonstration trail and enjoyed breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands in the distance.

Here’s an armchair tour of the Ventura Botanic Gardens in spring. Read the full article →

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Garden Tour of Middleton Place

March 23, 2015

What do a famous city in South Carolina, a picturesque old home and six national bloggers have in common? Come along on this tour of one of America’s most important historic gardens and I’ll tell you about it.

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Happy Spring!

March 16, 2015

We’re celebrating the start of spring at Seasonal Wisdom with fun garden tips, seasonal recipes and old folklore.  “Spring would not be spring without bird songs,” said Frances M. Chapman.  We agree!  Singing birds, flowering trees, baby rabbits, tender lettuces, sweet peas and so much more… Here are some of Seasonal Wisdom’s favorite resources for […]

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How to Host a Seed Swap

March 1, 2015

Maybe you bought too many flower and vegetable seeds. Or, perhaps you’re lusting for different types of seeds to grow this year. No problem. Why not share the bounty by swapping those seeds with friends and neighbors? Here’s advice from Seasonal Wisdom on how to host a seed swap …

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Designing Gardens with Fine Foliage

February 25, 2015

Flowers are fabulous. But what happens to your garden when those flowers stop blooming? The truth is that foliage really matters if you want gorgeous garden beds or containers.  To help you design your garden with spectacular foliage, renowned author and speaker Christina Salwitz shares her garden tips and plant ideas with Seasonal Wisdom.  Come […]

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Slow Flowers Advice from Debra Prinzing

February 5, 2015

The weather may still be cold and wintery where you live, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create unique and attractive bouquets.  Even better is when you can find the foliage and flowers for those arrangements locally, or from your own garden.  To learn more, Seasonal Wisdom spoke with Debra Prinzing, a Seattle-based advocate for […]

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The Treasures of Flora Illustrata

December 8, 2014

Imagine having access to one of the most comprehensive libraries about plants and gardens anywhere in the world. Well, that feat is easier now with a gorgeous new book called Flora Illustrata, which spans more than eight centuries with illustrations of rare manuscripts, iconic books, engravings and botanical drawings. One example is “Vue de Tour […]

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Tips for a Water-Wise Garden

December 2, 2014

At the end of a quiet leafy street in Santa Barbara, California, lies a small home garden that doesn’t need much water, but is loaded with charm. You won’t find flowering annuals here, but you will find brightly colored foliage and stems. Take a tour of this attractive water-wise garden, and get tips for your own […]

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United States School Garden Army of WW I

October 28, 2014
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With kids back in school now, Seasonal Wisdom reflects back on an inspiring World War I program that made millions of children “soldiers of the soil” in the United States School Garden Army – and growing your own food educational and patriotic. Nearly 100 years later, Seasonal Wisdom sits down with University of California academic […]

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