GARDEN SURROUNDINGS: Beauty In Nature Can Help Us Accept Change

  July 2024 My daughter Erica and her husband Jared lived in downtown San Francisco when they were first married. After a few years they decided to look for a home in Marin County that would have more room for raising a family. Read Full Article:

GARDEN SURROUNDINGS: Plein Air Artists In The Garden

  June 2024 What is Plein Air Painting? | According to Artists Network – “Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. Read Full Article:

GARDEN SURROUNDINGS: Incorporating Paths In Your Garden

May 2024 Have you ever noticed the way it makes you feel when you are walking on a garden path? We have all watched a child walk on a path through a garden. The child’s whole countenance is filled with wonder and excitement. Read Full Article:

GARDEN SURROUNDINGS: Spring Has Sprung In Our Gardens!

April 2024 Being that we live in a Mediterranean climate, I seem to always write about wisteria for April because it is drought tolerant once established and gives off so much joy at this time of year not to mention welcomed shade in the summer. Read Full Article:

GARDEN SURROUNDINGS: Growing Lavender In Your Garden

  March 2024 Lavender is such a fun plant to grow in Southern California. It is perfect for our climate because lavender is a Mediterranean plant. It is also part of the Mint family.. Read Full Article:


January 2024 Gosh, already it is January 2024! How time flies. The new year is a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, new possibilities, a time for a do-over. Many people enjoy making New Year’s resolutions. The new year is also a fresh start in our gardens. Read Full Article:


December 2023 This autumn I had the outside of my house painted. One day I was working at my desk and happened to look up and noticed the large tree planted right against my house slowly falling down. Luckily, there were no painters on the ladders.. Read Full Article:


November 2023 If we go to a nursery and see a beautiful plant that we want to buy, we might buy it and get immediate gratification, but this doesn’t happen most of the time whether one is selling paintings or sowing seeds to reap rewards in vegetables, fruits or flowers. Read Full Article:

GARDEN SURROUNDINGS: Living A European Lifestyle

October 2023 Joy is important in life. As gardeners, we receive joy when the vegetables that we’ve planted come up. Read Full Article: