Lee Buttala

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Lee Buttala is an Emmy Award-winning television producer of Martha Stewart Living and was the creator, producer and director of Cultivating Life, a PBS series on outdoor living and gardening. He has written for The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, New York, and Metropolitan Home. As an editor, he has worked for Saveur, Garden Design and Interview, and for the book publisher Alfred A. Knopf. He also served as the preservation program manager for the Garden Conservancy and has studied garden design at Kyoto University of Art and Design, the English Gardening School at London’s Chelsea Physic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author and editor of the books Cultivating Life: A Guide to Outdoor Living and The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving. After a recent stint as Marketing Communications Director at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Mass, he lives and gardens in Sheffield, Mass, and is working on his next book.

Articles by Lee Buttala

The Self-Taught Gardener: Are all natives equal?

Friday, 14 Apr 2017 - On the eve of the Wildflower Festival and Plant Sale at Bartholomew’s Cobble, it is worth ruminating on how to select native plants for our gardens. And while nativism is widely discussed these days, establishing a selection policy is not easy.

The Self-Taught Gardener: The rules of division

Thursday, 6 Apr 2017 - Spring divisions, while not necessarily good for the U.S. Senate, are very good for the garden. Spring is the ideal time to divide and transplant many perennials, and a great time to create more plants.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Setting a Spring agenda

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 - The last month has been stressful enough without having to think about spring and everything that needs to take place in the garden, especially since my only support so far, except for some bamboo stakes, is my Secretary of Wildlife Management, my dog Fred.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Landscapes that remember

Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 - Landscapes have the ability to help us hold onto our past while setting a course for a hopeful future. Their restoration and refurbishment is a part of our healing process as well.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Making an entrance

Thursday, 2 Feb 2017 - Good entrances provide visitors a clear path forward that helps the story of the garden unfold, perhaps, along the way, revealing the nature of the character who created them.

The Self-Taught Gardener: On Prairie Avenue

Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 - South side natives and North Shore residents of every ethnicity imaginable stood side by side, weathering the cold to get tickets to an unimaginable moment: a speech commemorating our first black President and his eight years in office.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Winter’s call

Thursday, 5 Jan 2017 - A New Year’s Eve walk through the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, Wisc., made me realize that buds, fruits, and bark can draw us into the winter landscape and keep us outdoors in the depths of the season.