Today I’m grateful for a day at Zia Maria’s farm picking chestnuts. I’m always grateful for a huge array of tasty dishes for lunch (benefits of marrying into an Italian family) but today I’m particularly grateful for Maria’s garden. It is a peaceful, mindful place to be still and enjoy a huge variety of plants. I think of my mother’s gardens when I’m here — massive projects built with love and a passion for plants. I hope one day to build one of my own.