About Bren

Everyday Gardener in Hardiness Zone 5b * Photo Addict * Gardener * Foodie * I'm on the HGTVgardens Team * Administrator of #gardenchat *
Website: http://www.bggarden.com
Bren has written 812 articles so far, you can find them below.
Getting Crafty

Magnolia Wreath : DIY Weekend

The Christmas decor are all put away and it’s time to freshen up the home with some inspirations from spring. A quick trip to Hobby Lobby and for under $15 I’ve put together a new wreath for the fireplace in the Great Room. These are the 4 branches of silk flowers I bought today.  I […]
Dahlia Hill

Dahlia Hill in Midland, Michigan

This summer during the MNLA designer landscape tour we visited by Dahlia Hill in Midland. This was quite the experience not only because I love growing dahlias but because art sculptures on the property were amazing too! About Dahlia Hill 1966 Crisann Breed gave her mother yellow and red dahlia tubers for Mother’s Day. Her […]

Project Orange Thumb : Applications Now Being Accepted

This is the year to get involved and start growing a community gardens in your area.  With Project Orange Thumb your dream of growing fresh food while beautifying your community can become a reality. Fiskars is tripling the number of grant recipients to award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools.  The deadline to submit […]
Winter Garden

Fog Crystallized the Winter Garden

After a  week in the single digits and a few inches of snow the fog came and crystallized the garden by weeks end. The images in this blog post are from the morning walk I took around the garden as the sun heated up the branches of the trees and the wind that blew made […]
plants on display!

Why You Should Attend a Seed Swap

Why attend a local seed swap? Meet some amazing people who enjoy growing and collect seeds that you won’t find any where else. I’m excited to share with you these awesome seed swap events on this post today. Come collect some seeds!
Garden Journal /  Artist Style

Creating Garden Art During the Winter Months : Meet Beth Billstrom

If you’ve ever visited the North in during the winter months you know it can bet very drab and sometimes very hard to remember the landscapes filled with warming growth during the summer months. Today Master Gardener and artist shares her love for watercolors on a podcast presentation….

Houseplant Appreciation Day

Happy #HouseplantAppreciationDay everyone. If you are like me growing up in the 70’s we had many houseplants throughout….
manure tea at it's best

Spreading Color at Wood County Fair

It just goes to show that blooms can make ANYTHING look beautiful – even a Poop Machine! I love the varieties Bostdorff Greenhouse added to this display because…
Kale beginning to grow in unit.

Indoor growing with Aeroponic Tower Garden

I love seeing the kids excited to garden. It would be awesome if every school could have an indoor gardening space like this one. What about in nursing homes and hospitals : just imagine the healing powers of living with greens growing so close at hand.
big begonia

Garden Ugly Project : Begonia

Clicking through photos from gardening 2014 I came across this image of the begonia that spent the winter in my master bathroom. The plant survived …however it got really ugly! Loading Ask me about the garde ugly project… This is going to be fun! #gardening #gardenchat View on Instagram Of Course … you know me […]

Let’s Talk Terrariums

While I was at the store this afternoon strolling through the houseplants and gawking over the new seeds for 2014 I came across some terrarium dishes. I couldn’t help but wonder about the process of putting one of these little plant conservatories together and would the plants actually grow being in a contained environment? Let’s […]