The Top 10 Adaptive Gardening Guidelines to Live By

1. Our bodies change. That’s life. When we realize we have limitations that stop us from doing what we want to do, we have to learn to “accept what is” first. Then, and only then, we can develop resiliency by looking for other ways to get it done. 2. You deserve a safe and comfortable …

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When Should You Start Thinking About Adaptive Gardening?

Now! Start where you are. Think about what hurts you when you garden. Decide what chores have become increasingly difficult to do. Then take a hard look at your garden and plan for whatever the future may hold. Let’s face it, we are living in a stressful and complicated world. All the more reason to …

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The Hard Truth about Adapting Garden Hardscapes

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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Quick and Easy Seasonal Planting Idea

There’s nothing I relish more than saving time and energy. My friend Heidi feels exactly the same way. She loves to have blooming flowers year-round (we’re lucky that our mild climate allows this) in certain places and especially in front of the fountain she sculpted years ago. She came up with an idea I think …

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Chicago Botanic Garden | Buehler Enabling Garden

A few weeks ago, I attended the Garden Writers Association conference in my hometown of Chicago. I joined their organization in 2015 when I discovered it was open to all garden communicators, including speakers, writers, and photographers. Three years ago, I was a garden speaker and I was anxious to hone my craft. Since then, …

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Garden UP with Vertical Gardening

No space? No problem. Grow your flowers and veggies up by finding inventive vertical gardening opportunities. It’s nice to know you can garden without having to bend down at all. Vertical gardening is a technique of growing plants in hanging baskets, window boxes and trellises so most of the maintenance is at waist-to-eye-level, enabling you …

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