Wild Suburbia – native plant gardening

After many years, lots of writing and rewriting, and tons of rejections, it is finally out! In August, Heyday Books released my book, Wild Suburbia – Learning to Garden with Native Plants. And now a new chapter begins – promotion. Not my favorite thing to do, although the first book talk and signing, held on […]

Indian Institute of Science

Within the bustling city of Bangalore is the venerable Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Founded in 1909, the guest house we are staying in, Centenary Visitors House, was built and named for the institution’s one hundredth anniversary. IISc is a research and higher education facility located on nearly 400 acres donated by the Maharaja of Mysore in […]

Fish Poison Tree

India is a wild and dangerous place: Man-eating tigers and leopards (not to mention bears), pythons, malaria-carrying mosquitoes, insane traffic, canon ball trees, and now fish poison trees. Yesterday I narrowly averted getting killed by one of these canon balls (not really) only to learn that the cool looking fruit I found while jogging later […]

Colaba Market

Happened upon this wonderful market in Colaba today. The produce looked amazing, though the surroundings were not up to American standards. I bought tiny bananas, oranges and a pomegranate. Have tasted the bananas which were delicious. Colaba Market Modern and less modern people shop and work here. A goat wanders around as women stock up […]