February 18, 2017

The fragrance was the first thing that hit me when I entered the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden.  Then my eyes were overwhelmed by the cascades of Phalaenopsis orchids adorning the backs of sculptural elephants clad in moss and rattlesnake...

December 11, 2016

There’s nothing better on a cold rainy December Monday than to spend at least part of the day in a greenhouse filled with exotic houseplants. 

When I woke up Monday morning and saw the grey, overcast skies, I decided it was the right day to make the 90-minute drive out...

October 22, 2016

After a couple of quiet days in the hills of upstate New York,  Jamie and I made the slow trek back to Connecticut, opting for the scenic route.  From Salem, New York we headed over the Vermont line, through the scenic towns of Dorset and Manchester, through the blazin...

August 17, 2016

Sheets.  It was coming down in sheets.  As we climbed Nettleton Hollow Road in the Litchfield Hills, the rain came down harder and harder.  The verdant forested slopes on either side of the road occasionally gave way to beautiful pastoral vistas, and then around a corn...

July 20, 2016

More than a year has passed since I first became aware of the “Food for All Garden” in Clinton, CT.  I was invited to like their page on Facebook.  Shortly thereafter I reached out to director Margaret Larom and requested that she add me to the volunteer email list.  A...

July 16, 2016

It is in vogue to patronize small local businesses.  But somehow, plenty of small local businesses are failing all across the United States.  Why is this?

I’ve got a few theories.

While working at a small-town hardware store this past winter I had an interaction wit...

July 6, 2016

Monday July 4th, 2016

11:04 pm

Without giving it too much thought, or attempting to research my ideas in much of any depth, I decided I would do a CT Historic Garden Blitz on Tuesday July 5, 2016.  A few things would stand in my way, making my dreams of visiting all 15 o...

June 28, 2016

It takes a long time to learn the dance of the seasons.  Winter is a time of rest and quiet, providing a regenerative period in the natural world.  It is also a time for us to get quiet, and to become still, that we may build energy for the busy-ness that lies ahead....

April 25, 2016

Mania.  I fear that may be what I have when it comes to daffodils.

 

 It is common to see gardeners obsessed with Dahlias, Daylilies, Tulips, Orchids, even African Violets, but I have not yet personally met a daffodil fanatic.  This most certainly does not mean they do n...

April 13, 2016

Thomas Jefferson would turn 273 years old today.  So I thought it would be a fitting day to take a look at his gardening legacy.  Like most other projects I take on these days, I underestimated the scope of writing an article about Thomas Jefferson’s most abiding passi...

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WHO AM I ?

I'm Andrew Biagiarelli.  I'm a garden designer, budding horticulturist, photographer, garden and travel writer, curator, musician and adventure fiend.

 

For me, gardening is a metaphor for life.  We have to learn how to cultivate a good life, to learn how to grow.  So, in the end, I'm left with the choice: Garden or Die.