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Stephen Orr  Editor in chief of Better Homes and Gardens. Author of The New American Herbal and Tomorrow's Garden. DSM | NYC. I like travel and museums too

Weekend housemates are obsessed with gathering spruce tips and making tea #hemlockroadcabin

Two little wildflowers on the hiking path today-- unknown on the left (anyone know?) and northern starflower (Trientalis borealis), one the few seven-petalled flowers #hemlockroadcabin

My favorite herb nursery Silver Heights has a new name, a new location, and a new owner. So happy to see Jeff continuing Trina Pilonero's herbal traditions (and plants) at Wild Yarrow Farm

Pineapple upside-down cake for @xojburke's birthday. Grew up with my mom making these cakes but I never tried till today. I'm not a baker (too much measuring) but it worked! #hemlockroadcabin

Back at the lake cabin after a long long time #hemlockroadcabin ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฒ#upstatenewyork

I don't normally put flowers on the stairs but the light was so nice and this is Instagram after all #desmoinesnewhouse

A scene-stealing 'Raspberry Rumba' peony in the @betterhomesandgardens Test Garden today #bhgflowers

Love this tapestry of edibles in one of the back planters. This isn't what the old garden books called hygenic spacing but it seems to be working anyway! #desmoinesnewhouse #basil #thaibasil #lemonbasil #shallot #radish #mustardgreens

My favorite summer dinner: grated zucchini sautรฉed just a couple of minutes and then topped with mixed herbs from the garden (always marjoram, chive, mint plus some others), lemon, toasted almonds, and Parmesan #zucchininoodles #desmoinesnewhouse

The garden is coming into its own--just don't look at the cracked edging and weeds in the driveway. But if I squint and only look at the flowers all is good #desmoinesnewhouse

When life gives you lemons...but in this case they're Meyers! ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹ Got back to Des Moines to find a big box of my favorite type of lemon from one of my favorite people @marionbrenner. All the way from Berkeley-- thank you Marion! #meyerlemon

The last of the bluebells in the woods at Brooklyn Botanic Garden @brooklynbotanic

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