Use Your Landscape All Winter With These 3 Tips


I grew up in New England. We weren't nuts like people from Minnesota (seriously, I've seen Minnesotans wearing shorts on days that would freeze a polar bear's tongue to the hull of a passing ship) but we didn't let a little winter stop us from grilling out on occasion. I've found that a lot of folks pack it in for the season as soon as it gets a little nippy, not to be seen on … [Read more...]

Smokeless Firepits by Zentro: How to Party Around the Fire and NOT Smell Like Jerky


Have you noticed the new layout of the website? It's because I'm getting away from project management and installs and really focusing on writing, speaking, and video content. I'm still wrapping my head around the new tagline and mission statement of Revolutionary Gardens, but it's going to have something to do with being the online hub for plant, landscape, and garden … [Read more...]

Smells Like Sauvignon Blanc? Why I Love Boxwood


I'm a wine drinker, and I love a good, crisp Sauvignon Blanc. One of the ways people describe Sauv Blanc is to say it smells like boxwood. Can I let you in on a secret? That's just a foo-foo way of saying it smells like cat pee. You don't believe me? Look at what this New Zealand winery calls their Sauvignon Blanc: You can't make this stuff up. I'm not saying the cat … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Native Plants in the Landscape


This week I got an email from someone interested in hiring me to do a planting plan. One of the things she said that stood out to me was "some of the other designers are trying to convince us to go away from native plants..but we don't want to." Hmmm. I'm already intrigued, but I feel like any conversation about native plants has me looking like this: Let's establish … [Read more...]

Are Your Christmas Lights Murdering Your Plants?


Is that the most click-baity headline ever? Anyhow, the short answer to that burning question: maybe. The problem with old school, incandescent holiday lights (don't send me hate mail for that, people use them for Hanukkah and Yule, too) is that they give off a fair bit of heat. Where this becomes a problem is that during winter, your plants take a nap. They're dormant, … [Read more...]