Author archives: P. Allen Smith

P. Allen Smith: Flower Child

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Create a garden space for your kids and watch both grow. Photography by Mark Fonville   often ask me how to get young members of the family involved in gardening. Most kids love the outdoors, and playing in the dirt comes naturally to most, so creating a kid-friendly garden at home is actually a no-brainer. In addition to growing flowers and[...]

P. Allen Smith: Berry Good Fun... Summertime Edibles!

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me, summertime conjures up magical childhood memories of climbing trees, catching lightening bugs and playing daylong games of hide-and-seek in the lingering twilight well past 9 at night. I can also vividly remember picking berries, right from the garden or gathering wild berries in the woods. Berries are not only good — they’re good for you! Berrie[...]

P. Allen Smith: A Honey of a Hobby

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Raising honeybees is good for the environment and for you. Photography by Mark Fonville and Kelly Quinn   heard the saying “busy as a bee,” well, it’s for good reason. Honeybees are hard little workers — always bustling and buzzing around bright flowering plants, trees and shrubs. Since I was young, I have been fascinated by the life of honeyb[...]

P. Allen Smith: Backyard Chickens

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How to Start Raising This Untraditional Pet Photography courtesy of P. Allen Smith   me, the chicken came before the egg. To be more exact, my love of poultry didn’t come from a love of fresh eggs, but rather from one brown Leghorn that I spotted running around Main Street as a young child. I caught her, brought her home to be my pet, and that’s wh[...]

P. Allen Smith: Think Autumn

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Even though summer has just begun, gardeners need to start planning for fall foliage and blooms. Photography by Mark Fonville   is here, and while I’m excited about the bounty and beauty the season brings, I know autumn is close behind. We gardeners have to always think a season ahead. There’s so much to do this time of year, I often don’t take the [...]

P. Allen Smith: Dream Big with Summer Bulbs

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Tubers, corms and rhizomes.  Photography by Jane Colclasure and Mark Fonville   of us want ginormous, stupendous blossoms and magnificent foliage to match … and lots of both. If this describes you, then planting summer bulbs definitely is the way to go. To me, bulbs are a “pre-packaged flower,” and all it takes is a little bit of patience and work[...]

P. Allen Smith: Hosting a Spring Luncheon

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Spring officially arrives this month, so let the party begin! The equinox on March 20 is the official beginning of spring, which is cause for celebration — don’t you think? Photography by Hortus Ltd., Jane Colclasure, Mark Fonville and Kelly Quinn   a get-together doesn’t need to be a lot of work, especially during this gentle season. You can [...]