Michaela Medina

Michaela is a professional garden designer, writer and photographer living in Vermont. Her gardens, articles and photographs have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, online and in print, Birds & Blooms, Barnes & Noble, Grist.org and more. She is author of The Gardener's Eden Online Journal.

Gardening Tip of the Week & Welcome, Merry Month of May . . .

Warm, Golden-Hued Narcissus & A Merry Welcome to May Although the air is still...more

Springtime Reflections . . .

Dawn Viburnum Blossoms (Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’) Reflected in the Secret Garden Water Bowl With a fire in the wood stove and a chance of snow in the forecast, it feels far more like early March than late April today. Still, the peepers sing on and ruddy maples scatter blossoms to the forest floor. It’s spring, Michaela, can’t you tell? ...more

Daffodil Days . . .

Garden Clean-Up Rewards: Baskets of Fresh-Cut Narcissus Finally, despite prolonged, unseasonably cold weather, the early daffodils have begun to unfold their golden petals. Narcissus ‘February (<—?) Gold’, ‘Lemon Silk’, ‘Ice Follies’, ‘Rip van Winkle’ and ‘Rijnveld’s Early (<—?) Sensation’ are in full bloom now and so many more about to burst into flower. ...more

How to Dress Up a Perennial Garden? Put a Clean, Fresh Edge on It . . .

Cleanly cutting the edge of a border with a half-moon edger, and mulching the “V”, helps with maintenance throughout the growing year {Pictured: a freshly planted & mulched garden with English-style edging. Pretty vessel is by Vermont artist, Stephen Procter} Having recently presented a gardening seminar on mixed border maintenance, now seems like a good time to cover one of the simplest and least expensive ways to dress up a perennial garden: ‘English style’ or earthen edging. This is a seasonal re-publishing of a very popular maintenance post from a couple of years back ....more

Wake Up, Sleepy Gardens . . .

A Freshly Filled Water Bowl Returns to Its Place Beside the Secret Garden Door Happy spring holidays, gardening friends! With landscape design season back in full swing —and many projects and drawings on the drafting table— it’s a working weekend for me. But I did manage to slip outside this afternoon to cut back and rake out the Secret Garden ....more

Pink Moonrise &amp; Twilight Peeper Song: Oh Spring, You Give Me Fever . . .

April’s Pink Moon will be Full on Tuesday the 15th at 3;42am ET. But at 98%, the Waxing Gibbous Beauty Looked Full to the Naked Eye as She Rose Between the Ghostly Paper Birch on My Southern Vermont Hilltop Last Night I have been a bit under-the-weather this past week, with a health issue draining my usually-boundless energy. But last night I rallied a bit in the evening, lingering long in the warm, April twilight out on my terrace ....more

Embracing April&#8217;s Coquettish Charm . . .

Welcoming April’s Warmer Days & Sweet, Warm, Golden Light (Hamamelis Vernalis in My Garden Last April) Hello April, you little flirt. Seems you have put aside the foolishness for now and you’re greeting us with warmth and sunshine. Yes, this week it’s all charm, charm, charm —and oh how we love you for it ....more

New for Spring: Gardening Seminars Sponsored by Walker Farm in Vermont

Springtime, Garden Dreaming: Garden Design by Michaela Harlow, Stonework by Dan Snow It’s been a maddeningly cold and dreary late March here in New England, and like many green-thumbs, I am beginning to feel more than a touch of cabin fever. I want to get out and get going in my garden! But with wintry temperatures and heavy snow-cover, I find myself searching elsewhere for springtime inspiration ....more

Planning, Scheming &amp; Garden Dreaming: While We Wait for the Thaw . . .

Calla Lilies Blush on the First Morning of Spring Spring may have officially arrived, but Winter isn’t giving up so quickly. Snow squalls wrapped my hilltop in a swirling, downy-white blanket this morning and wind whipped my clanking compost bin down the walk. Oh White Witch, won’t you loosen your chilly grip and leave us to the thaw? ...more

Welcoming Spring!

Anticipating the Spicy-Sweet Fragrance of My Favorite Springtime Blossom: Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ Welcome Spring! The Vernal Equinox —day and night of equal length— occurs at 12:57 pm EDT today, March 20th, signaling the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. And although my Secret Garden is coated in yet another fresh layer of snow and ice today, I know that soon the melting will begin ....more