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

Creating a woodland garden

Taking our cues from the forests around us

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Creating a woodland garden

Seduced by a Lady’s Slipper

Showy Lady’s Slippers are fascinating plants that, with careful siting, can be grown in our gardens.

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Seduced by a Lady's Slipper

A Breath of Spring

Creating the Vermont Flower Show: A look behind the scenes.

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A Breath of Spring

From Classic to Whimsey

The art of decorating our outdoor spaces.

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From Classic to Whimsey

The light at the end of the tunnel

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland

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The light at the end of the tunnel

A Garden for all Seasons

A gardener’s dream–to have a garden that is beautiful in every month of the year

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A Garden for all Seasons

JUDITH IRVEN

Vermont Landscape and Garden Designer
Helping people create beautiful gardens

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