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Stephen Orr

Name: Stephen Orr, Editorial Director – Gardening
Hometown: Abilene, Texas
What Inspires Me: The natural world
Family: My partner, Chad, who has become more of an avid gardener than I am. Almost.
Trying to Learn: How to garden with nature instead of against it
Best Occupational Perk: Hours spent outside, miles away from my smartphone and computer
Biggest Occupational Hazard: Oh, my aching back.
Work Uniform: Shorts, a T-shirt and bare feet
Source of Garden Envy: Seeing a walled or fenced vegetable garden with great soil, lots of sun and no deer in sight.
Biggest Gardening Disaster: A bear recently flattened my foxgloves while trying to get to a bird feeder.
Most Un-Martha Trait: I’m really messy, but I don’t fight it too hard since I think it also fosters a certain kind of creativity for me.

New Year’s Houseplant Roundup

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This is the perfect time of year to focus on indoor gardening. The holiday hubbub has died down and we all could use something green to get us through the winter (though the days are now getting longer — yay!). I usually give my houseplants a good inspection in January. I want to see which [...]

Herbal Essences

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I recently stopped by Avena Botanicals (the subject of our August 2012 garden feature “Herbal Assets“) on my way up the coast of Maine. I spent a wonderful afternoon with the proprietor, Deb Soule, among her vibrant herb garden that just teems with life from all the happy honeybees and pollinators. Deb showed me a [...]

A Great August Garden Event

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August can be a slow time in the garden. Too hot to plant and many gardens don’t look their best. But if you’re in the northeast, I’ll be moderating a day-long seminar at Hollister House, one of my favorite private gardens, on Saturday, August 25. It promises to be an inspirational day with great speakers [...]