New York Botanical Garden

Japanese Maple at NYBG in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Japanese Maple (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Black Friday, and the weeks before, are often spent indoors shopping for bargains . . . but I have a better idea! November is a month that can grace us with unseasonably mild temperatures and crisp blue skies; in other words, perfect conditions for strolling through a garden.  So, for the folks at the mall waiting in line for a new flat screen: count me out! Instead, color me green and blue, ’cause this girl’s headed for the New York Botanical Garden . . . [Read more…]

Garden Tours

Frogs at Clare Johnson's in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Frogs at Clare Johnson’s pond (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I am the president of a small (approx 600 member) garden club that encompasses towns in Connecticut and New York.  Our organization, the Mad Gardeners (, is similar to many other gardening groups in our passion for beautiful landscapes and desire to protect our environment.  What sets us apart is our dedication to sharing; each year dozens of members open their private gardens to other members.  I can tell you first hand that this is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members and to be inspired by what they have done to enhance their individual properties.  And that is a word I love, inspired, which is exactly what I feel every time I visit another garden. [Read more…]

A Garden for All