Category Archive: Garden Inspiration

March inspiration

Posted by on March 4, 2017

Surprise awaits within the month of March. As the Earth transitions from winter to spring, March can be unstable. Like an adolescent, March has mood swings–wild winds followed by steely calm; widely fluctuating day and evening air temperatures, and flowers blooming in barren soil. March also brings birthday wishes for me. My mind welcomed the […]


February Inspiration

Posted by on February 1, 2017

Lengthened daylight hours and shortened shadows are noticeable as February approaches. A winter-weary mood is elevated as light lifts the spirit. Holding onto the winter can bring great joy when we’re reminded, every season has its reason. February, cold and cruel to some, is hope to others. After all, February touches March, the month of […]


#Foraging in Cute Shoes: Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum

Posted by on May 31, 2016

My most recent book, Good Berry Bad Berry–Finding and Identifying the Most Common Wild Berries of North America features GOOD BERRIES–those that are edible, BAD BERRIES–those that are poisonous, and GOOD BERRY BAD IDEA–featuring edible berries but ones that need certain precautions. Here’s an example: GOOD BERRY/BAD IDEA MAYAPPLE Podophyllum peltatum Plant Type: Herbaceous rhizomatous perennial. […]


Edible Rugosa rose ‘Hansa’, Nature Hills #Giveaway with Good Berry Bad Berry AND Plants with Benefits!

Posted by on March 7, 2016

Gardening with Confidence is partnering with Nature Hills Nursery, once again, to bring you a unique opportunity. We are hosting a #giveaway for two of my books, Good Berry Bad Berry and Plants with Benefits, AND a rose from Nature Hills that fits both categories–a good berry and a plant with benefits, rugosa rose ‘Hansa’. See #giveaway […]


Good Berry: Lingonberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Posted by on January 29, 2016

GOOD BERRY LINGONBERRY Vaccinium vitis-idaea Plant Type: Evergreen ground cover shrub. Berry: Bright to dark red globe-shaped berries, about ¼-½ inch round. Taste: Bitter-tasting; not as tart as fresh cranberries but tart. Uses: Raw, but most commonly used in jams, jellies, syrups, sauces, and fruit juice. Considered an essential accompaniment to many Swedish dishes. Contains […]


Good Berry Bad Berry

Posted by on January 23, 2016

My new book is out….and the crowd roars…..   Ok, ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little… Amazon.com has it for sale now, and it should be showing up at your local bookstores soon. If you don’t see it, ask. Maybe then they will order it. Here’s an excerpt: As a curious gardener and naturalist, I […]


Good Berry Bad Berry

Posted by on December 9, 2015

I am excited to receive an advanced copy of my latest book, Good Berry Bad Berry!! They will be in the stores the first of February!!! In the meantime, come join me at my Facebook group, #ForagingInCuteShoes. Berries grow in all parts of North America and come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and […]