Monthly Archives: October 2009

In Praise of Craftsmanship

As a landscape designer who runs a design only practice, I am dependent on those who build my work to realize my vision.  I have, over many years, through trial and error, found several contractors and artisans who embrace excellent … Read more

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LABELS: craftsmanship, dry stone walling, Garden Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer, stone work 6 Comments

Late to the Party

It’s been a while since I wrote about a plant.  I tend to leave that to other, better horticulturists. Spotted, driving down a country road, Hamamelis virginiana’s yellow puffs tell me it’s time to turn on the heat and hunker … Read more

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LABELS: autumn, deer resistant, landscape designer, native plants Leave a comment

Shift in Perception

I had occasion this past weekend to visit the center of the country–no not New York or Los Angeles, but Iowa.  Being a hardcore, jaded metropolitan New York area resident, I had preconceived ideas of what I would see and … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, environment, inspiration, Travel 7 Comments

National Design Week

Did you know that this week is National Design Week?  The 10th in fact. Did you also know that there is a national design awards program that coincides with this celebration of design?  If not, it’s not too late to … Read more

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LABELS: inspiration 3 Comments

Inspiration and Influence: What I Like Now

As a designer, I am constantly exploring  in search of  new ideas and inspiration.  It’s part of my job life.  I spend a chunk of time each day on what I call ‘input’.  Without it, my output gets stale.  In … Read more

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LABELS: blogs, Creative Process, inspiration, Landscape Design 7 Comments

Climate Change | Plan, Plant + Protect | Trees

I am not a scientist. I am a landscape designer.  I thought I wasn’t an active environmentalist until I started to think about participating in this year’s Blog Action Day on Climate Change.  Sure I talk about it, but if  … Read more

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LABELS: sustainability 14 Comments

Field Trip: Wave Hill

I didn’t set out to go to Wave Hill on Saturday, but it was a better day for ending up there.  I was surprised that on a glorious fall day there weren’t more people in this remarkable garden.  Each time … Read more

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LABELS: autumn, garden visits, Landscape Design, plants 3 Comments

Don’t Mind the Gap

There’s been a lot bluster going on in garden circles since the Garden Writer’s Association presented a breakout session at their annual symposium entitled ‘Gardening with a Generation Y’.   Kelly Norris, the presenter, who at an accomplished 22, tried his … Read more

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Field Trip: Atlock Farm

I’ve known Atlock Farm and its owner Ken Selody for years.  We were comrades in arms at the New Jersey Flower and Garden show for several seasons where each time I created a display garden, I gave Ken the forced … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Centers, Garden Design, garden ornaments, inspiration, Landscape Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 7 Comments

My Life on the A List | New Jersey Life Magazine

I’m thrilled.  This doesn’t happen often…Susan Cohan Gardens was named to the 2009 Editor’s Choice on New Jersey Life’s A list as one of the best exterior designers in the state.  I’d love to thank whoever nominated me–but I have … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer 7 Comments