the native plant garden at NYBG in late summer


It's a pleasure to visit the native plant garden at NYBG in any season, but I am especially fond of the garden in the late summer, when everything has reached a state of beautifully overgrown intensity that overwhelms the senses. On a warm, lazy weekday afternoon, we were some of the only visitors, which made it all the easier to hear the abundant songs of the resident birds and insects, as well as the soft sounds of native grasses touched by the barest of breezes. The goldenrods (Solidago spp.) were in full flower, floating magically amidst drifts of purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis) and milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) going to seed. I especially loved the sprawling patches of our native cactus (Optunia humifusa). 

Enormous clumps of Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium spp.) mingled with Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum spp.) with the beautifully textured palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis) in the foreground.

Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) pods about to release their silky seeds.

The most joyful, meadowy jumble of goldenrods. This part of the garden was the place most abuzz with pollinators. Native bees, flies, wasps and beetles all abound in a numbers and diversity rarely seen so near an urban center. 

A fascinating array of pitcher plants (Sarracenia spp.) and wetland flora, including the delicately beautiful Tuberous Grasspink (Calopogon tuberosus). 

The meadow above the pond as the light began to fade. Soft and lush and full of life. 

 You can find more information about the garden here, including an interactive map of plants. I hope you'll visit soon, if you can!

a summer collection update


We've just returned from our annual summer trip to the Northwest, thanks so much for your patience while I've been away! It's a relief to retreat to the cool shade of the new studio on these hot August days, and I've been working to prepare a few limited-edition offerings for the seasonal shift ahead. This spring and summer have been a bit of a whirlwind as I prepared to move the studio again, but we're now all settled into our new space downtown, and I couldn't be happier. Stay tuned for a little studio-warming event announcement in September!

In the meantime, very limited quantities of our summer collection are still available in the shop. If you've had your eye on this season's limited edition items, don't wait much longer, as they are nearly sold out and won't be available again until next summer. 

A small batch of my very favorite seasonal tea, the Rose, Tulsi & Lemon Balm Green Tea Cold-Brew blend is now available again, too. This bright and beautiful summery tea features organic lemon balm from Lancaster, PA, organic Tulsi from Long Island, organic rose petals from Florida grown by veterans in a horticultural rehabilitation program, and organic Himalayan green tea from Nepal. My purchase of this very special green tea supports earthquake recovery efforts in Nepal. This tea blend is a labor of love and the raw materials that go into it support beautiful people doing good work. And the cold-brewing process is really the only one you'll want to undertake in the summer heat. 
This is truly a sip with a story, and I'm so proud to be able to share it with you. Find it here.

Sending you the ripest, sweetest wishes for these late summer days!


spring in full swing


Chilly days are a perfectly natural part of springtime in New York City. All the better to dream and scheme about the year ahead with a cup of tea in hand. But after a few truly mild days this past week, my little sproutlings in our pop-up greenhouse at 6 & B are finally taking off, and the season feels as if it's truly on its way. So far, I've planted chamomile, holy basil, sweet peas, zinnias, nasturtiums, chocolate lace flowers, wild fennel and dill. It's unlikely that I'll have room for all of it in our 8 by 4 foot community garden plot, but that never stops me from going overboard with the seed starting - it's all just so hopeful!

Our spring collection is now available in the shop, including this year's Spring Getaway Kit, a collection of seasonal treats for skin & spirit to help you bloom like a primrose. I'm also so delighted that our packaging update is finally done, the switch to light protective glass is a meaningful step toward protecting the precious botanical ingredients we use and helping to extend the shelf life of our products without the use of preservatives. You'll also notice some shifts in our skincare offerings, reflecting my continued commitment to help simplify the way you care for your skin. The new Rose & Chamomile Honey Clay Cleanser harnesses the same skin-loving powers of raw honey that our Cleansing Nectar did, with a little more cleansing oomph, and it combines beautifully with our Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Grains for a deeper cleansing treatment that's similar to our beloved Rose & Chamomile Scrub. The goal? Fewer products that do more. I've also updated our Mini Facial Kit to include a few more treats and it comes with a lovely card to get you started on creating your own skincare ritual. Check out the new "ritual" section of the website, as well, for inspiration!

And in the spirit of all things brand new and blossoming, we'll be moving studios again this year! The light-filled space in the Garment District where we've been since last September has served us well, but we're on the hunt for space downtown (Manhattan!) beginning the last week of July 2016. Just want to put that out there, because you just never know how a magical space is going to find you. We're using all the usual suspects in our search, but if you know of something that could be a good fit, please get in touch at

One more thing: please save the date for an open studio day on Saturday, April 30th from 1-5pm. There will be cold-brewed Green Glow Elixir ( + everyone who drops by will leave with a little packet of their own to take home ) and plenty of gift ideas for the sweet mamas in your life!

Cherry blossom wishes,


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