Cottage In The Court

Cottage In The Court

By Cottage In The Court
Welcome to Cottage In The Court where I will keep you informed about garden conversations, events, tips and product reviews from books to tools. l even suggest gardens to see, garden adventures to have and spotlight some fabulous horticultural folks you will want to know about. Settle in, pour a cup of tea and transplant yourself into my world. Thanks for listening to Cottage In The Court!
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Episode 12 - Victory Flower Gardens, Cavanos and Shopping Local
Not really into harvesting your food from your yard? The garden you want to grow just right be a Pollinator Victory Garden. Well...here is the book for you! The Pollinator Victory Garden. Check out the review on my blog https://cottageinthecourt.com/?p=7988 It will enlighten you on why we need to feed our pollinator foodies!! A recent chat with Wendy Brister, a fellow GardenComm member has me online and ordering from Cavanos Perennials. The offerings are absolutely wonderful and Wendy knows her native plants. Listen, go online to order, and remember to support local. It is so important!! Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and sometimes on Medium: Cottage In The Court If you live in the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. To garden fanatics talking about real gardening as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out Gardens 'n Plants Podcast In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Court
24:37
June 18, 2020
Episode 11 - Secret Gardens in East Anglia, Kew - Wakehurst and Connecting with Nature
I decided to stop being selfish and share my review of Secret Gardens of East Anglia by Barbara Segall. During this period of unintentional pausing, I had time to focus on my dreams of visiting more English gardens. I cannot wait until we are free to travel safely again. Barbara Segall is a fellow GardenComm member and has written several books. I had the pleasure of chatting with her when we both attended the Garden Bloggers Fling in Texas. While there was simply not enough time to catch up with her last year when I went to England, hopefully, we can do so in the future. Pour a cup of tea and read about a few fabulous gardens. Click here to read my review. For those that know me, you know  The Virtual Chelsea FlowerShow captured my attention. I love the diversity of the English garden and all that it has to offer. My trip to England last year was brief and I can't wait to return. Tops on my list was a visit to the RBG Kew Gardens - London, the Physic Garden and more.  With so many places to visit in England, a new place is on my list. The RBG Kew Gardens - Wakehurst. Did you know Kew has several locations?? Allow me to introduce someone who I can call a friend - Ed Ikin, Deputy Director, Head of Landscape, Horticulture, and Research at RBG KEW, Wakehurst. What a delightful conversation we shared over a cup of tea. I look forward to visiting RBG Kew- Wakehurst in the future. Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and on Medium.com: Cottage In The Court If you live in the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. Two garden fanatics talking about real gardening bi-weekly as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out Gardens 'n Plants Podcast In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Court
29:15
June 12, 2020
Episode 10 - A Lifelong Journey in Gardening and Gardening Smart!
#gardeningwhileaging is easier than ever with this wonderful book by Toni Gattone, The Lifelong Gardener - Garden With Ease & Joy At Any Age is a wonderful book written by Toni Gattonne ad published by Timber Press. Perfect for gifting or for use as a reference book to help us continue to enjoy gardening wisely as we age or have disabilities.  Check out the book review on my blog. Simply click the link above. This book offered so much content and advice, I just had to speak with Toni personally to find out what inspired her to write such a useful book. Like me, Toni is a member of GardenComm. As a garden communicator, she offered quite a few tales of how she still finds joy in her garden as she ages. Hailing from the Chicago area and now living on the West Coast, our time spent was simply delightful. You can find out more about Toni here. Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and sometimes on Medium: Cottage In The Court If you live in the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. To garden fanatics talking about real gardening as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out Gardens 'n Plants Podcast In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Court
29:18
June 11, 2020
Episode 9 - Grow!, Survival, Resilience and Opportunities with Babara Wheeler
Let's celebrate Women In Horticulture by watching GROW! with Katie Dubow on Facebook Live!, 1:00 pm EST, Monday - Friday. Katie is a Region II GardenComm member and has curated the perfect early afternoon delight for the gardener. Take a few moments to listen and be surprised...just don't answer BOTH to her questions!! Click here to check out GROW! with Katie... As GROW! with Katie celebrated Women in Horticulture week, the first guest was Jennifer Jewell, friend, and author,  of THE EARTH  IN HER HANDS - 75 Extraordinary Women Working In The World of Plants. This book should be required reading for anyone who desires to work in the world of horticulture. Honest and informative interviews that empower the spirit and refreshes the soul.  I spoke with Barbara Wheeler, Operations Manager at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens in  New Zealand. I can certainly say that I have made a new friend. Barbara shared her perspective on America, Survival, Resilience, Public Gardens, and more.  She is a thirty-year traveler focusing on all things pertaining to the garden and is passionate about her profession. As a LongwoodFellow, Barbara has a lot to share...Enjoy my conversation with Barbara Wheeler. Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and on Medium.com: Cottage In The Court If you live in the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. Two garden fanatics talking about real gardening as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out https://pegplant.com/gardensnplantspodcast/ In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Courtcottageinthecourt.com
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June 5, 2020
Episode #8 - Garden, Life Balance and Mini Meadows with Mike Lizotte
Thanks for listening and sharing this podcast. my latest blog post titled, " Plants Mimic Society" just might get you thinking about what kind of plant you would be in this garden of life. Here is the link: https://cottageinthecourt.com/?p=7978 My guest, Mike Lizotte, is a very generous, engaging, and wonderful guy. I met him at a Garden Writers Conference a few years back and his enthusiasm is amazing. His book, Mini Meadows - Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard, published by Storey books, is a terrific book to have on hand. It will inspire you to follow his well-written directions and start a mini meadow of your own! You can explore more about Mike, The Seedman, and his book by clicking the link above. Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and sometimes on Medium: Cottage In The Court If you live in the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. Two garden fanatics talking about real gardening as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out Gardens 'n Plants In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Courtcottageinthecourt.com
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June 3, 2020
Episode 7 - Gardenista and Gardening Naturally
Finding a book that escorts you into a world of possibilities is always a good thing. Gardenista - The Definitive Guide to StylishIutdoor Spaces is a terrific tour guide as you begin to consider enhancing your garden. I recently reviewed this awesome book on my website Click here to find out my thoughts.  I had the pleasure of catching up with John Magee. I met John in 2017 at the Garden Bloggers Fling. His business focuses on using native plants in the landscape. John Magee has specific ideas on why we need to embrace natives and shared this concept with me. If you are considering a new landscape or enhancing your current green space, check out his website. Here you will find examples of his work. It will change your mind about going native! http://www.john-magee.com/ Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and sometimes on Medium: Cottage In The Court If you live in the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. Two garden fanatics talking about real gardening as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out Gardens 'n Plants In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Courtcottageinthecourt.com
33:33
May 30, 2020
Episode 6 - Cultural Gardening - Healing and Heritage Foods
I recently reviewed a terrific book called, Working The Roots - 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing by Michele E. Lee. During this time of unintentional pausing, we have become food-focused. From growing what we can in our own yards to even remembering what roots, leaves, and herbs were traditionally used to heal our bodies. The ancestors have always know how to tap into nature when resources were unavailable or lean. It is a terrific book that will bring back memories of discussions with the Elders. I posted this on my blog.  John Manirakiza is a man we need to know and watch, right here in the DMV. The Heritage Food Project at the University of the District of Columbia is being recognized for the good programs they are growing. Connecting the immigrant community with the foods they were accustomed to eating in their homeland is such a good thing. The outreach that this program is doing, not only at UDC but in the DMV community is a wonderful thing. As John continually spreads his net of goodness to meet the needs of the community, I wanted to share a conversation I had with him recently. Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and sometimes on Medium: Cottage In The Court If you live in the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. To garden fanatics talking about real gardening as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out Gardens 'n Plants In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Court
23:53
May 25, 2020
Episode 5 - Celebrating National Public Gardens - Loving at Longwood
Celebrating National Public Gardens was quite different this year. If nothing else, it has helped us realize the role they play in our lives. Whether we visit for quiet time, inspiration, or reliving a memory, National Public Gardens has affected many of our lives. Even as the buildings on some sites are closed, parts f the grounds are closed in other gardens. If you are planning a visit, be sure to call, and or check the website first. As some States are re-opening, there are sure to be some National  Public Gardens opening as well.  I had the opportunity of speaking with Sharon Loving, Vice President of Horticulture at Longwood Gardens. If you are not familiar with Longwood Gardens, you should really take the time while we are pausing and explore their website. Chock full of information and definitely designed to make you want to visit today! Unfortunately, the gates are temporarily shuttered...but when the time comes and we can move about freely, make a date at Longwood. I just might see you there! If you want to  visit a few National Public Gardens, locally here are a few suggestions of books you might find interesting: Maryland's Public Gardens and Parks by Barbara Glickman Capital Splendor: Gardens & Parks in Washington, D.C. GARDEN WALKS In The Mid-Atlantic States by Marina Harrison and Lucy D. Rosenfeld Terrific books to refresh your memory or learn something new. Knowing what is nearby or accessible as we celebrate National Public Gardens will help comfort, inspire, and add value to our lives. Follow me: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com...Instagram and Twitter:@cottageincourt...Facebook: CottageInTheCourt, and sometimes on Medium: Cottage In The Court If you live n the DMV and want to know what's happening locally and in our gardens, follow the collaborative podcast by two garden communicators, Peggy Riccio and Teresa Speight. To garden fanatics talking about real gardening as it occurs right in our own yards!! Check out Gardens 'n Plants In the meantime...Get outside and garden, Teri, Cottage In The Court
23:21
May 18, 2020
Episode 4- Afro-Asian-American Cooking and The Chinese Kitchen Garden...Celebrating Culturally Growing
I recently shared a terrific book on my blog, Between Harlem and Heaven, Afro- Asian- American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day, a collaboration between J.J. Johnson and Alexander Smalls with Veronica Chambers. This is not just a cookbook, but a melting pot of cultural stories with the advice of "just try the sauces on everything". This is a must-have as you begin to grow this season and celebrate the diversity found in the garden. You can read this review on my blog, https://www.cottageinthecourt.com.  As I focus on cooking and growing, it is the perfect time to chat with a friend that understands cultural cooking. The Chinese Kitchen Garden - Growing techniques and family recipes from a classic cuisine by Wendy Kiang-Spray is another book to reference. A local gardener in the DMV, Wendy has such a delightful story to share.  The story of how this book came about is quite touching. Wendy shares moments with her Dad in the garden. Together they sowed seeds of unspoken love, trials, and truth of immigrant survival. Wendy also shares her perspective on engaging with the earth for beginning as well as seasoned gardeners. Published by Timber Press it is a story, a resource, and more than worthy of being in your kitchen. A Timber Press book is always a good thing to have - especially when the topic is gardening! Follow Cottage In The Court on social media as I have fun engaging in all things gardening! Twitter/Instagram: @cottageincourt, FB: Https://www.facebook.com/cottageinthecourt as well as the blog: Https://www.cottageinthecourt.com You can also follow me on a collaborative podcast - Gardens 'n Plants. Peggy Riccio (Pegplant.com) and I chat about gardens and gardening events in the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia...and sometimes beyond) We are passionate Garden Communicators that want to share all things garden to our listeners. Join us? Enjoy!!
37:43
May 14, 2020
Episode 3 - History, Humility, Homeschooling, and Hope - An African American Experience
April has been such a busy month. Even as it is about to end, there is so much more to share. Did you know this is Kid's gardening month? If you have never heard of Kidsgardening.org, it is definitely a resource worth checking out. There are options for engaging children in connecting with the earth as an educator, a homeschooler, or as a parent. Ideas such as making botanical paper (a great gift) and gardening with scraps can add the chance for one on one engagement with your child. What a great way to make a memory! To find out more about this organization, click here Speaking of homeschooling, Paula Penn-Nabrit homeschooled her children due to unfortunate circumstances of non-acceptance. Not being deterred, Paula and her husband Charles, connected with the surrounding community and raised Ivy League Twins. She has written several books on this topic and more. Sharing her story hopefully will serve as a bit of hope for others who are balancing the art of "unexpected homeschooling".  Paula has a unique perspective on life, family, and homeschooling - even as a business owner, working full-time, and of course, learning how to garden with family as well as in her community. This strong African-American woman is a terrific example of a perennial in the g garden of life. To find out more about Paula Penn Nabrit, click here  Follow Cottage In The Court...on Instagram and Twitter (@cottageincourt), on Facebook (Cottage In The Court) or my website, https://www.cottageinthecourt.com. Email: teri@cottageinthecourt.com
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April 27, 2020
Spring Episode 2 - Smart Gardening, Joy and Honoring National Poetry Month
What a windy day and certainly not a day to plant or transplant new plants. Gardening is a way of life for some and a new hobby for others as we practice "unintentional pausing"...I prefer this term over "Social Distancing". I took some time to consider what is in the news I am listening to, had a chat with a fellow Garden Communicator, Kim Roman, and wrote a little poem in honor of National Poetry Month. To find out more about the online classes Kim will be teaching her information is:  sfgkimroman@yahoo.com or her Facebook page:  Square Foot Gardening 4 U I hope to connect with you on my other social platforms:  https://www.cottageinthecourt.com (blog and website), twitter: @cottageincourt, Instagram: @cottageincourt, FB: Cottage In The Court I am also a Great Garden Speaker and would love to create conversations with your community group, garden club or sister circle.  Email me: teri@cottageinthecourt.com
34:37
April 10, 2020
Episode 1 - Celebrating Women's History Month
Slowing down whether we like it or not has it's virtues. The things we had placed on the back burner ever are now simmering on the front of the stove.  As a person with a creative mindset, this opportunity to pause has stirred up the mulch in my mind and a seed has started to sprout again.   Have you ever had a dream of speaking with someone you felt like you would be gardening buddies with? Well, I do all the time. Sometimes I am hesitant to ask just because. Fear of hearing No (FOHN)...I am working on this! I am on the second reading of an awesome book.  One day I  had the nerve to ask Jennifer Jewell, author, The Earth In Her Hands - 75 Extraordinary Women Working In the World of Plants to share a few moments with me. An event that I was looking forward to attending at the Smithsonian was postponed due to our National Emergency and Jennifer was one of the panelists. Not one to postpone joy, I knew that I  needed to meet her either in person or over the phone. Timber Press - THANK YOU !!! This is truly a winning book that everyone needs to read. It introduces us to a diverse group of real gardeners, REAL women who are involved in horticulture. I hope you enjoy our chat. I love poetry and I found a simple one that is shard after this conversation. Poetry, like the garden, makes life just a little more palatable. Go outside, go into the garden, make time to enjoy life, connect with nature and most importantly, try to safely enjoy this opportunity to pause...YOLO!
35:39
March 31, 2020