Monthly Archives: April 2009

More than Me

Ok. Let me start off by saying that what I’m about to say is going to really going to make some people angry. I suspect it will be those with a holier than thou sensibility. I also suspect that it … Read more

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LABELS: green, green washing, sustainability, sustainable landscapes, volunteerism 5 Comments

Trash or Treasure?

19th Century iron fence remnant for a project I met a welder at a project today to show him how I wanted the reclaimed 19th century ironwork I specified installed. I bought the pieces last fall in Scranton at Olde … Read more

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LABELS: Fences, garden ornaments, Ironwork, Landscape Design, landscape designer 1 Comment

Showhouse Season, Volume V, Issue 13–Party Time!

Last night was the gala opening for the VNA showhouse at 99 Rumson Road in Rumson, NJ. Over 650 people wined, dined and danced after touring the house and gardens. I highly recommend that anyone who can attend this event … Read more

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LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Garden Design, Landscape Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 3 Comments

Showhouse Season, Volume V, Issue 12–The Home Stretch

Things were hopping at the showhouse garden today. I’m beginning to be somewhat satisfied with the results… My assistant, Joanne, and one of Frank’s guys drove out to Steven Snyder’s Cedar Maze studio in PA to pick up the bird … Read more

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LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Garden Design, sculpture, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 10, Mud & Mayhem

Here’s some photos from today. Furniture and pots arrived. Irrigation and lighting was installed. Today was complicated by too many people in too small a space and downpours. The plywood & tarps are protecting one of our walksIt’s the only … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, terra cotta pots. seibert_rice, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 9, Simplicity

Yesterday I took a walk around the gardens, mostly because it was the only way to a port-a-potty that didn’t have a mud pit in front of it. All of the gardens are formal. Mine is formal and simple. No … Read more

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Showhouse Season V, Issue 8, Mud & Annuals

I will try and post short bits until we’re done–hopefully on Friday. No progress pix today since nothing’s really changed since the last ones. We delivered as many annuals for the containers as my pickup would hold. The staging areas … Read more

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LABELS: annuals, Containers, Designer Showhouses, plants, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 7, Rain

Here’s a laundry list (with today’s progress) of most of what has to be done this week and it’s going to rain until Thursday. ARGH! Irrigation intstallation Lighting installation (outlet installed today via electrician) Pick up and deliver containers (done … Read more

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LABELS: landscape designer, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 4 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 6, In Real Life

Yesterday morning was dedicated to show house business. Frank Scheppe, my contractor extraordinaire, and I were at a local wholesale nursery soon after it opened to choose two Styrax japonica for the garden. After they were loaded we delivered them … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Design, patios, paving pattern, Planting Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 1 Comment

Newbies: Student Projects, Part 2

Below are first landscape designs from the three remaining students in my Principles of Landcape Design class at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. Principles is their first real design class. One student believes he can’t draw–not true, another was … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, student work 3 Comments

Generations

For the women gardeners in my family, their gardens have been sources of food and beauty, obligation and beauty and peace and beauty. There were once three generations of women who gardened–now only one with a son instead of a … Read more

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Newbies: Student Projects, Part 1

I’ve always worked at giving back to whatever design discipline I’ve worked in by teaching. My philosophy is that I’ve received so much from others that I need to also pay it forward. I was a resident artist with interns … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, Garden Design, Planting Design, student work 1 Comment

It’s right there in Black & White…

I have the opportunity to design a small black and white pocket garden. Tucked into a corner with between a screen porch and the house, the area is also home to multi-utility boxes including a low voltage transformer smack dab … Read more

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Hussies!

I always know it’s really spring when the hussies of spring bloom. Hawking their wares from curbside, stoop, border, and garden these brightly colored plants can’t help their garish adornment–they want us to notice them and come hither. Screaming yellow … Read more

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LABELS: plants, spring 1 Comment

Was it the Disco Ball?

via stock.xchg A short while back, I was looking for a spherical ornament for a garden I was designing for a client. It probably has to do with my long past nights of dancing under a disco ball till dawn, … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Design, garden ornaments, Landscape Design Leave a comment