Clematis in the North State, with Home-Gardener Jeanne Zimmerman

For almost all of her almost eight decades, Jeanne Zimmerman has been gardening and for a good part of that time she has been growing – and loving – the elegance and hard-to-beat beauty of clematis flowers and vines. “The… Continue Reading

Beans, Beans – the Magical Fruit: Dry Beans from the Garden, an interview with Sawmill Creek Farms

Beans and peas have a rich and storied history in fact and myth. Also known as legumes, beans of all kinds are members of what is currently known as the Fabaceae or Leguminosae plant family. With species native to almost… Continue Reading

The Autumnal Allure of Ornamental Grasses, an Interview with Lisa Endicott, McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

They catch the light – especially the low, soft slanting light of Autumn; they dance in the slightest breeze; they hold dew drops and rain drops like pearls, winking on a string; they arch and drape and cascade, adding both… Continue Reading

The Homesteading Instinct: an Interview with Chris Kerston of Chaffin Family Farms

It is now officially Autumn and the length of our days diminishes a little with each circle of the planet. In the edible garden, harvesting has gone on for some time as spring crops moved over for summer crops and… Continue Reading


Knock, Knock? Who’s There? Olive….Olives love the North State, an Interview with Brendon Flynn of Pacific Sun Olive Oil

Photo: Old olive trees in a North State home garden. Olives – to see growing, to eat the fruit and to savor the flavorful and aromatic oil – are among life’s treats in Northern California. County Fairs are also among… Continue Reading