Night walk, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

If you are keen on seeing a range of wildlife in Costa Rica, then grab a guide, a headlamp, and head out to the forest. You'll be amazed at what you'll see! 

Night walk, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Si Como No Butterfly Garden, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

I've only been to a half dozen or so butterfly gardens in my life, but clearly one of the best is the one I went to in Manuel Antonio, which gets mad props for its butterfly collection as well as the therapeutic arrangement of its garden for people to enjoy a relaxing moment. 

Si Como No Butterfly Garden, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Day and night nature walks, Uvita, Costa Rica

Whilst in Costa Rica, I took a short plant walk tour with botanist Sarah Wu and then skipped next door to Rancho de la Merced to do a night tour. What you see during the evening hours compared to the day, will astound you!

Day and night nature walks, Uvita, Costa Rica

Spirogyra Butterfly Exhibit, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica can be a stressful city, but not too far from the city center, tucked away in a little alcove is a small but mighty butterfly garden that will give you some peace of mind. 

Spirogyra Butterfly Exhibit, Costa Rica

Purple sweet potato and parsley root soup

This is quite possibly one of the most decadent, fit-for-a-king or -queen soups. The finish is incredibly silky and the natural sweetness from the parsley root and purple sweet potato makes your taste buds think they’re already on dessert!

Purple sweet potato and parsley root soup

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza

At first glance, CATIE is more like a university campus, but they are, in fact, an international institute for agricultural development and biological conservation in Central America and the Caribbean with an incredible outdoor botanical garden. 

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza

Costa Rica sojourn: Orosí Valley

Orosí Valley is a fairly short drive from San Jose and is a particularly rich hub for seeing plant life, particularly if you have your own car. 

Costa Rica sojourn: Orosí Valley

How to create a DIY self-watering planter for the home

Self-watering planters have become all the rage, but even the simplest ones in the store can cost upwards of $20.00 or more. Instead, create your own for free using these three items from your kitchen. Here's how.

How to create a DIY self-watering planter for the home

Building a sub-irrigated vertical garden in your bedroom

It's been well over four years since I first installed my vertical garden in the bedroom, and my how it's grown! 

Building a sub-irrigated vertical garden in your bedroom

10 Plants for those of us who have a “blackthumb"

I’ve found growing plants in my home has inspired many of my friends to want to follow suit. Many admit that they would love to have plants in their house but they fear they have a black thumb. “I can’t even grown cacti,” one friend confessed. As you can imagine, the #1 question that I get asked is “What plants won’t I kill?” Here are ten that I would suggest. 

10 Plants for those of us who have a “blackthumb"