American Holly

American Holly, Ilex opaca, is a familiar broadleaf evergreen found throughout Bucks County. It is one of those native evergreens we have grown up with. Its glossy green leaves and bright red berries grace the winter landscape and are used to decor Read more

My Life in the Garden by Christine Thomas

It might be fall but…THINK SPRING!

It is bulb planting season. In order to be rewarded with brilliant colored spring flowers we need to get a move on. Put an order into a bulb supplier or visit a garden center. Read more

Sep 16, 2013 7:26 PM My Life in the Garden by Christine Thomas

Hydrangeas: The Gift That Just Keeps Giving

In my garden, Hydrangeas are the gift that just keeps giving. From June until frost there is always a Hydrangea in bloom here. Once you start growing Hydrangeas you just can’t stop adding them to your garden. Read more

Aug 14, 2013 11:11 AM My Life in the Garden by Christine Thomas


I joined the Martha Washington Garden Club for a tour of the house and grounds at Andalusia recently. They remembered that I had been the head gardener at Andalusia during the 1980’s and thought I might enjoy seeing the place again. Read more

Jul 17, 2013 9:33 AM My Life in the Garden by Christine Thomas

American Natives in the English Cottage Garden

This month my cottage garden is in full swing. Some of my favorite native plants are playing star roles. Orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberose), False Yellow Lupine (Thermopsis villosa), Coreopsis (Tickweed) Read more

Jul 9, 2013 9:05 PM My Life in the Garden by Christine Thomas

About this Blog

For years people have been telling me to write about my garden stories. Garden Clubs request my funny PowerPoint talks. How in the world, did an allergic, runny nosed kid study horticulture and then work at some of the most interesting gardens with some of the most interesting people? This blog is a timeline of knowledge I gained through my garden adventures. All that experience, some thirty odd years of it, continues to translate into today’s garden while propelling me on to new adventures.

Feedback? Suggestions? They are always appreciated. Feel free to contact us: Christine Thomas


River House

A guide to area businesses.

Looking for that quintessential Bucks County Inn, fine Italian restaurant or the best smoked ribs? Let Bucks County Magazine help you find it. And, be sure you check out our dining and food section featuring some fine chefs and restaurants with taste. CLICK BELOW.

Dining Restaurant Listings Logo

Top agents

Annual Legal guide 2020

2019 Education Guide

2020 Seniors