Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
1) When did you first start gardening?
The gardening bug bit me when I was about 3 years old. My parents (who were also just learning to garden) had installed one of those instant “roll-out gardens,” the kind that come in a roll with the seeds and sod mixed together. After a few weeks of watering, they were thrilled with their very first garden! They weren’t the only ones who were thrilled. Mesmerized by the beautiful colors, I toddled over (when they weren’t looking) and picked off every single flower, filling my little pink bucket with decapitated flower heads.
2) What is your favorite plant in the garden?
Having lived and gardened in this home for the past 35 years, there are a LOT of plants with emotional ties everywhere I turn. My favorite plants are those that transport me to another time or place in my life. It’s next to impossible for me to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I’d say it’s the scent of my orange tree’s blossoms. The soft scent fills the air in early spring and reminds me of my great-grandmother’s garden, where I would visit when I was just a small child.
3) What is your proudest gardening moment?
My proudest gardening moment happens every time my mother (who, in my eyes, is the ultimate gardener and my mentor) asks me for a little gardening advice!
4) What tool could you not live without in your garden?
My go-to gardening tool, one that’s never out of reach, would have to be my favorite pair of Fiskars® PowerGear Pruners. I am always pruning when I walk around my garden and need pruners that are ergonomically correct yet fit comfortably in my hands. So many pruners are too large, or they’re not easy to use (causing a terrible bruise on the palm of my hand). As Goldilocks said, “These are just right!”
5) What inspires you the most?
Sonoma and Lake Tahoe are near and dear to my heart, providing me with endless inspiration. Whenever I feel mentally “stuck” a walk among the vineyards with their red and yellow fall colors or taking a deep breath of the crisp, clean air of Lake Tahoe never fails to inspire.
Rebecca Sweet is a garden designer with her design firm Harmony In The Garden, located in Northern California. Her gardens have been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine, Fine Homebuilding Magazine, Beds & Borders as well as regional newspapers and publications.
In addition to designing gardens, Rebecca is also a featured columnist for Horticulture Magazine, a contributing editor for Fine Gardening Magazine, and a freelance garden journalist. Rebecca contributes content to online garden sites as well, including Fine Gardening Online, Real Simple Online, Nest in Style and is a founding member of the Garden Designer’s Roundtable.
Rebecca is co-author of Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Gardens, due in bookstores February 2011.
In her popular blog Gossip in the Garden, Rebecca shares gardening tips, design strategies and how-to videos for both the novice and experienced gardener.