The Resilient Gardener

The Resilient Gardener

Welcome to The Resilient Gardener Blog, an inspiring place where
we cultivate ease and joy through our love of gardening.

You’ll find practical tips and techniques and insightful and
innovative advice to help you adapt and flourish.

Know Your Limits

By Toni Gattone | April 12, 2019

I have a friend who told me she would be at a complete loss if she couldn’t garden. As there are no two gardens alike, there are no two gardeners who have the same abilities or disabilities. Each gardener must assess their gardens and their abilities as they are today and as they may become …

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The Hard Truth about Adapting Garden Hardscapes

By Toni Gattone | April 2, 2019

While most gardeners focus on the plants in their garden, it’s the non-living, man-made hardscape elements that are most important in a well-thought-out adapted garden—mainly because they are the most expensive aspect to change. Uneven paths can be a tripping hazard, and gaps between flagstones or other surfaces can catch heels or canes, causing falls. …

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Right Plant, Right Place

By Toni Gattone | February 22, 2019

One of the many light bulbs that went off in my head when I became a Master Gardener was the concept of right plant, right place. When I began to speak and write about adaptive gardening, I knew I needed to include it. After all, we strive to save time, money, and energy, right? Using …

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Toni’s Tool Tips | Hori Hori

By Toni Gattone | February 22, 2019

There’s nothing quite like a Hori Hori knife to get the job done. If you don’t own one yet, put it on your list when you go shopping. Every gardener who owns one loves it. The Hori Hori knife was created by gardeners in Japan, the word Hori means “to dig” in Japanese and hori-hori …

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Toni’s Tool Tips | When in Doubt, Power Up!

By Toni Gattone | February 22, 2019

I heard about this energy-saving tool from Master Gardener Rita Bernardi, who is in a pruning guild. After a talk I did for her group, she told me about when she was first learning her new skill. Her hands were hurting terribly, so she purchased a cordless lithium battery-powered pruner and a hedge trimmer by …

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