The Best Indoor Plants for Better Air Quality

The Best Indoor Plants for Better Air Quality

Having a lung disease (chronic pulmonary sarcoidosis), I am always looking for ways to improve the air quality in my home. Also being a keen gardener I love to make those improvements using plants, which have a range of other benefits as well. In this blog, I would like to share with you some of the best houseplants I’ve come …

Green Burial_Ashley D Penn

Why You Should Choose a Green Burial

No one likes to think about death. It’s a macabre subject. But, as Benjamin Franklin is often credited as saying “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While we can’t always choose the manner in which we leave this mortal coil, we can, at least, get to decide what happens to our bodies …

Dyslexic Writer Ashley D Penn MARK

You’re Dyslexic? But You’re a Writer?!

“You’re Dyslexic? But you’re a writer!?!?” These are the harmless enough words that were said to me by a well-meaning colleague I recently met for the first time. Unfortunately, the conversation moved on before I could enquire as to his incredulity about a person who has dyslexia being a writer. But this scenario is by no mea ns unique. Since …

How Landscape Architecture Can Make You Healthier by Ashley D Penn

How Landscape Architecture Can Make You Healthier

I’ve worked in the landscape industry for twenty years now. I’ve seen first hand how getting out in the landscape can make you healthier. There are many things you can do to improve your health and help you live longer that don’t involve strenuous exercise, or expensive gym memberships and equipment. So if you’re looking to lose weight, lower cholesterol, …

Ashley D Penn

2017 New Years Resolutions for Gardeners

This time of year the internet is awash with helpful articles about changing your habits in new years resolutions. The focus is usually on dieting and exercise advice. However, there are often other areas of your life you may wish to improve upon, make efficiencies in, or simply do better in. In this article I will share with your some …

Beaver dam on Mill Creek in Lundy Canyon, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California by Ted Guzzi. CC3.0

Animal Architecture

As a specie we like to believe we are the best at everything. However, when it comes to architecture, that may not be the case. For millions of years animals have been creating their own environmentally friendly and cost-effective homes from whatever they find around them. Mighty mounds One of the most famous animal architects is the much maligned termite. …

The Winter Gardens at Cambridge University Botanical Gardens by Stuart Logan CC0.2

Use These 7 plants to Enliven Your Winter Garden

So much of gardening is about planning ahead. Its important to always be thinking of the next season before it is upon us. Therefore autumn or fall is the perfect time to be thinking about what your garden will look like in the winter. Here I share with you my top picks of the most beautiful plants to add winter …