From my files

My Inheritance

– Posted in: From my files, Miscellaneous

This is a poem I wrote in college, 1978 or 1979. Stuffed Artichokes Paring knife in hand she trims the tough outer bracts, peels woodiness from the stem. I slice the top third off. Her thumb plumbs the center, pries the fleshy leaves apart. Grandma's hands apprentice mine: lacking the tongue and time of my [...]

My Grandmother’s Garden

– Posted in: Design, From my files
Josephine LaFemina

Today is my grandma's 98th birthday. I originally wrote this essay for a Fine Gardening contest (which I didn't win), and decided to revise it and share it with you in honor of her special day. It's funny how gardens are such emotional things. You enter some gardens and feel as though you are in [...]

Review of A Year at North Hill

– Posted in: Book reviews, From my files

Since I'm trying to not overdo it in the typing department, I thought I'd dig through my files and serve up some of my earlier writing. In 1995 I had the opportunity to review A Year at North Hill for Fine Gardening magazine. This is not that review, which was published in the November 1995 [...]