Rick Doug and Kristi Interpretive reading of Pick a Pine Tree

By on Dec 13, 2017 in Christmas |

Philadelphia Flower Show

By on Nov 3, 2016 in Events |

Join me in Philadelphia next March for dinner and a day at the Philadelphia Flower Show! I will be in New York that week but will meet up with the touring group on Wednesday night in Philadelphia for dinner together. On Thursday together we will attend the famous Philadelphia Flower Show and on Friday Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell! This trip should be a kick in the plants and I would love to have you join me! Click the picture for more details  

Peas on Earth

By on Oct 28, 2015 in November |

“Peas” on Earth I have a holiday and Christmas wish for Michigan this year. An El Nino’ winter because my opinion is we deserve it after the last two winters we’ve all endured. I remember past El Nino’ November months in West Michigan. Wearing short sleeve shirts as we put the garden to bed for winter and stringing lots of Christmas lights outdoors to celebrate the holidays ahead. We would unload Christmas trees, in by November standards, warm temperatures. These were the years that due to a lack of ice and snow people would be inclined to string a lot of Christmas lights on the home and in the landscape. The final leaves of fall are raked in November and tilled into the garden. Anticipation of the upcoming holidays builds as we begin to decorate indoors and out. I am not a meteorologist, but when scientists predict an El Nino’ winter due to warm Pacific Ocean water temperatures it...

Pumpkin Smash 2012

By on Sep 23, 2012 in Fall |

Fall officially arrived at 10:49 AM on Saturday September 22 with the fall equinox. After a hot dry summer I think a lot of people are ready for some cool fall weather. We decided to celebrate with Pumpkin Smash 2012. After this summer’s drought it seemed appropriate considering a pumpkin is 80% to 90% water. We rang in the fall season similar to the New Year’s Eve ball drop by dropping a giant pumpkin on it’s gourd to celebrate the moment!                  

Spring is right around the corner

By on Jan 6, 2012 in Spring |

Spring is right around the corner. The weather here in West Michigan this past December and so far in January has been down right balmy. For us hardy Michigan folk some sunshine and temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s gets us giddy and ready to garden! In anticipation of spring 2012 P Allen Smith will join me on my radio show Saturday January 7 to talk about his new book Seasonal Recipes from the Garden. If you want to break away from your seed catalog reading and dreaming you can come out to hear him speak at the DeVos Place here in Grand Rapids on Wednesday January 11 at 3 PM. Here is the link to register for the event: http://www.plantmichigangreen.com/education Proven Winners is also bringing an exciting event to West Michigan….their Outdoor Living Extravaganza on Saturday April 14. This enjoyable and educational gardening event and seminar will take place in 4...