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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


To kick off September, we head to the Big Apple where at the end of the month the Garden Conservancy is holding its inaugural Garden Futures Summit on September 29th and 30th.

In preparation, we thought we’d dedicate two episodes to checking in on some garden lives in the city. This week we’re in conversation with photographer, artist, author, and gardener Ngoc Minh Ngo, sharing more about her newest work, “New York Green,” profiling in word and uplifting photography more than 40 exceptional public (and free) parks and gardens of the five boroughs that comprise New York City.

“From tiny corner lots to acres of old-growth forests, New York is filled with a wealth of beautiful green spaces–if you know where to look,”

and Ngoc’s newest book shows us just where to look.

Ngoc was a previous guest on Cultivating Place in 2018, and I am so pleased to welcome her back. Listen in!

You can follow Ngoc Minh Ngo online at: ;

and on Instagram at: @minh_ngoc/

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JOIN US again next week, when we continue our virtual late summer field trip to New York city in conversation this time with Richard Hayden, the Director of Horticulture for one of New York’s Highline Garden, a garden reimagined on a out of use early century elevated railway, since opening to the public is 2009 “the Highline has become an icon of contemporary American Landscape Architecture”.……. That’s next week right here ……. That’s next week right here - listen in.


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This fall, the Conservancy brings us Isabella Tree, the author of The Book of Wilding, to discuss how spectacularly nature can bounce back if we only give it the chance through wilding. And what comes is not just wildlife in super-abundance, but also solutions to the other environmental crises we face. The speaking tour takes Tree to New York City on September 29 for the Garden Futures Summit and then to Middleburg, VA on October 2 and St. Louis, MO on October 4. For tickets and more information, go to garden conservancy dot org slash education.



Thinking out loud this week:

This is one of those busy times in a gardener and garden writer’s life – my next book What We Sow is about to publish, it had the most generous write up in The New York Times from author and horticultural leading voice Margaret Roach and there’s a lot of energy spent trying to launch her well – end of garden season talks and events are filling out the calendar and my traveling starts again – which is gratifying.

We are just a few short late summer weeks away from the Garden Futures Summit with lectures and discussions on Friday September 29 at one of New York’s most famous gardens, the New York Botanical Garden and visits to other gardens across the city’s five boroughs on Saturday Sept 30th. Do you have your ticket??? I do.

I hope to see you and I especially hope to talk more about all that matters to us in this gardened life -there!




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