PJ Bremier, Marin IJ

PJ Bremier

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Past articles by PJ:

A garden of color and movement — from birds

Paul Cramer may live in a “typical suburban house,” as he says, but his garden is not. It is graced with color and movement that comes not just from plants, but from birds. He bought the home… → Read More

San Rafael couple’s dream garden becomes a reality – Marin Independent Journal

Jim and Juanita Dickson have traveled widely, but always loved coming back to their various homes in Florida and Oregon. When the couple settled in San Rafael, they wanted to integrate all the feat… → Read More

Small garden is big on beauty and healing energy

“My little garden lures me outside,” says San Rafael writer and artist Maya Moran Manny. “There is always something that needs attention, care, love or removal.” Manny, whose garden is near China C… → Read More

An urban homestead that nurtures, nourishes educates

Julie Pritchard Wright grew up on her family’s two-acre property in the hills of Cupertino, where her father grew grapes and fruit trees, and kept bees and sometimes chickens, while her mother tend… → Read More

‘Grandpa’s garden’ now includes one just for monarch butterflies – Marin Independent Journal

When Bruce and Janie Burtch moved into their home near San Rafael’s China Camp, its side and backyards consisted of nothing but juniper bushes, chipped bark and a rusty swing set. Burtch, who says … → Read More

San Rafael woman’s garden goes to pots – Marin Independent Journal

Anna Price Peterson grew up in the Philippines amid towering palm trees, large hibiscus flowers and other bold tropical plants. It wasn’t until she completed her studies at Saint Mary’s College in … → Read More

Community bands together to create a truly healing garden

Jenna Pelaez is the first to admit that creating a garden was the furthest thing from her mind last year. The Mill Valley resident’s only thoughts for the past two years had been focused on h… → Read More

A love for gardening that’s grown since childhood – Marin Independent Journal

Madelon Montobbio began gardening in Marin County more than 50 years ago and today, she’s still at it. Back in the 1950s, Montobbio, a third-generation Marinite and the middle of three childr… → Read More

Trip to Italy inspires San Rafael edible garden of dreams

Sue Dizon took her husband, Glenn, to Italy as a birthday gift more than 25 years ago. The San Rafael couple enjoyed their tour of Rome, Bolzano and the Cinque Terre, and while they admired the tim… → Read More

A pandemic garden of joy and happiness in just three months

Gifted gardeners are said to have green thumbs. If that’s true, then Arianne Miller has two green thumbs, and maybe a green hand. On April 15, she stepped outside into the backyard of her home in n… → Read More

Smaller garden offers huge ways to be creative for San Rafael couple

Five years ago, Gloria and Jerry Fraser downsized from the spacious home they had shared in the country club area of San Rafael since 1976 to a lovely waterfront condominium at Baypoint Lagoons, ba… → Read More

Mill Valley couple’s English cottage garden carries on a mom’s tradition

The Jefferies’ Cape Cod-styled home and cottage overlooks a garden of glorious old-fashioned blooms. → Read More

Marin gardens are bursting with flowers, fruits and vegetables; show off yours

Marin gardens are bursting forth with flowers, fruits and vegetables all over. I see it every day in front yards and on porches, in containers and planting beds around businesses, and in the swaths… → Read More

Marin movie critic Jan Wahl discusses flowers in film

If you love flowers, films, fun, or all three, you’ll want to join the next Marin Rose Society meeting on July 14. It’s a free live meeting on Zoom, the first of the newly resumed monthly meetings … → Read More

During coronavirus pandemic, pools are having a moment

While homebuyers still search for the perfect Marin place to call home, some local professionals have noticed a shift in their clients’ wishlists over the last few months. On March 16, “our w… → Read More

Young people gain skills while building tiny home, up for auction

In his 20 years in the construction industry, Sean Ticknor witnessed the need for more men and women in the skilled trades, but saw few opportunities in local high schools to provide a pipeline to … → Read More

Making good design available to everyone

Patrick MacLeamy’s 50-year career, which saw him rise from junior designer to chief executive officer of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum — one of the world’s largest architecture and engineer… → Read More

Everything you’ve wanted to know about classical architecture – Marin Independent Journal

Over the last few months, free online college courses or casual tutorials offering tips on building design, landscaping and interior decoration have popped up all over social media sites. The choic… → Read More

Discover organic, heirloom and unusual edible plants

Looking for certified organic and heirloom vegetables, herbs and edible flower starts, but can’t find any special ones? Try the nursery at the Occidental Arts & Ecology. OAEC is an 80-acre cent… → Read More

Bay Area public botanical gardens to visit in person or online

For those who want to wander through a garden — any garden — other than the one in their own backyard, there’s good news. Public botanical gardens are starting to open up to the public again. Filol… → Read More