NORTH COUNTRY REFLECTIONS

A chronicle in words and pictures of our Vermont gardening life, offering inspirations for garden lovers everywhere.

– Journal posts discuss timely topics

– Garden writings explore ideas in greater depth

– Talks and workshops for diverse audiences

 Judith Irven: landscape designer

Dick Conrad: garden photographer

Inspirations

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

Inspirations

Each garden is the unique expression of its creator, conceived in our mental pictures but influenced by the site.

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Sustainable Garden Making

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

Sustainable Garden Making

A sustainable garden is both beautiful and enduring; it is easy on the gardener and gentle on the earth.

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The Roving Gardener

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

The roving gardener

No summer is complete without visiting a gorgeous garden

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The legendary Montreal Botanical Gardens

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

The legendary Montreal Botanical Gardens

Spend a day at these world-class botanical gardens

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Plant a Picture

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

Plant a Picture

As a gardener, my land is my canvas, and plants are my palette. See how use your plants to create beautiful pictures.

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The road less travelled

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

The road less travelled

Two intimate gardens in northern Vermont

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A Vermont Garden in Winter

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

A Vermont Garden in Winter

Gardens should be beautiful throughout the year. Explore how to create a garden that is as lovely in January as it is in July

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Visiting Manchester

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

Visiting Manchester

Two gardens created a century apart tell us how we garden today

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Clivia with begonias and oxalis in the greenhouse

GARDEN WRITINGS

 From aesthetics to practicalities

Cool Greenhouse

It is pure bliss to step into the greenhouse on a sunny February morning, and savor the earthy smells of green growing things.

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Garden Journal

A Sense of Place and a Sense of Time

Creating a North Country Garden that belongs in its world

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A Sense of Place and a Sense of Time

Welcome Spring

A parade of beautiful flowers to celebrate spring in the garden

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Welcome Spring

Growing healthy futures

A delightful morning in the greenhouse at Middlebury’s Parent Child Center

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Growing healthy futures

Art in the Garden

Magical glass sculptures by renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, light up the Denver Botanic Gardens in autumn.

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Art in the Garden

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Fall is a time of activity in the garden as we plan and prepare for the gardening year ahead.

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The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

The Garden’s Grande Finale

Colorful shrubs, beautiful grasses plus some easily grown perennials, complete the gardening season with a flourish.

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The Garden's Grande Finale

JUDITH IRVEN

Vermont Landscape and Garden Designer
Helping people create beautiful gardens

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