Pith and Vigor

Recently I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the debut issue of Pith and Vigor from Nancy Wallace, the garden designer of  Wallace Gardens. I connected with Nancy on Instagram, enjoying her photos of flowers, her garden designs, her cooking and occasionally, her greyhound. It's so much fun to make connections like this (one of the reasons I love Instagram) and I was delighted to have the opportunity to be introduced to this new publication.

newspaper, coffee cup, breakfast table

Founded by Rochelle Greayer, Pith and Vigor is a quarterly newspaper for gardeners, or rather, "for people with dirt under their nails." I really enjoyed reading it. The design is very appealing (I was especially aware of the art, both photography and illustration -- Oana Befort's beautiful painting graces the back page) and the articles were interesting and infused with a touch of humor. Mushroom gardening, terrariums, beekeeping, fall-blooming bulbs... what struck me most about the writing was the way it shared the human connection involved in tending plants. It's one of the things I most like reading when it comes to gardens and gardening. Gardeners have relationships with the plants they grow. There is history involved. It's about beauty and aesthetics and food, but it's also about emotions. People garden for so many different reasons and approach gardening in such different ways. I love hearing others' stories.

Although the information shared in the articles is valid for a variety of gardening locations, the journal does focus mostly on New England. Eventually Pith and Vigor aims to create regional editions of the newspaper much like the Edible Magazines. What a tremendous undertaking, a bit rebellious and definitely courageous in a time when newspapers and magazines are struggling.

If you're interested in subscribing you can do so here. And thanks, again, Nancy, for sending me a copy!


  1. Looks like a wonderful publication, Anne. It's always so heartwarming to connect with like-minded people, isn't it?

  2. Thank you so much for this lovely write-up!


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