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Revisiting Alan Chadwick’s Organic Garden

Revisiting Alan Chadwick’s Organic Garden

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 | 1 comment

Last year (2013) Paul A. Lee published There is A Garden in the Mind: a Memoir of Alan Chadwick and the Organic Movement in California. Paul inspired me to join that movement and I apprenticed with Alan Chadwick in the Student Garden at UCSC way back when.  For more about Chadwick, visit the website Alan Chadwick, A Gardener of Soul’s ...

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Rewards of Composting in a Small Space

Rewards of Composting in a Small Space

Posted on May 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Out the kitchen door, to the right off the landing, I’ve positioned the compost bin for easy access. I’m rewarded with views of my back garden and this one of my front.  It’s a view of the front I only see from this angle so it’s a treat. Today I was rewarded by pink dianthus (cheddar pinks ‘Firewitch’) and pink...

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A Break in the Rainfall

A Break in the Rainfall

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 | 0 comments

Seems like it’s been raining for days, and it has.  But the cloud cover brightened a bit late this morning so I could snap this photo. I thought I’d share the view that lightens my mood and greets me each day. Recently the vine clematis ‘Sweet Autumn’  began its’ white flowering, the daphne continues to bloom with tons of...

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Astilbe Path

Astilbe Path

Posted on Jul 24, 2010 | 0 comments

The back garden path all-but-disappears by mid-summer. This is not a mistake, but intended. By the sixth month it  becomes a  path of  lush abundance. Not unlike the journey in many Japanese gardens where you are forced because of the unevenness of the stone path to look at down your feet and thus encounter something not seen when looking forward.  When...

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UCSC Student Garden, Alan Chadwick, the Organic Farm Movement and Me!

UCSC Student Garden, Alan Chadwick, the Organic Farm Movement and Me!

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 | 15 comments

tour-chadwick-garden-may-07 Alan Chadwick with Students–That’s Me Hidden Behind the Two Girls Dawn’s light and shadow found me hunting for the place I remembered — one of wonder and inspiration—UCSC’s Student Garden. As an apprentice there I received a different kind of education, a corollary experience to my enrolled courses. Both...

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