Monthly Archives: September 2010

Dallas, Part 1

I came to Dallas with few preconceived ideas.  I haven’t been here since 1978.  It’s changed a bit.  As I said last week, what I did expect was to be inspired by what I see and hear.  That’s happened already.  … Read more

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LABELS: Design, Garden Design, inspiration, Landscape Design 3 Comments

In my Reader…an itinerary

In what little spare time I have this week, I’ve been pouring over an advance copy of the itinerary and conference brochure for next week’s Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) International Landscape Design Conference in Dallas. This will be … Read more

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LABELS: APLD, garden visits, inspiration, Landscape Design 5 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable | Follies

I have a taste for the absurd, the wildly impractical and the creative.  Add to that real or imagined historical context and VOILA! you have my favorite type of garden folly.  It’s really too bad that there’s little interest–both economically … Read more

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LABELS: garden visits, inspiration, Stone 14 Comments

Monday 33 | A Year of Mondays

Cool mornings.  Slow bees.  Long shadows.  I’ve always been interested in light and shadow in gardens and have never been able to master manipulating the experience.  I know I’ve said before that my favorite tree, the one I originally built … Read more

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LABELS: autumn, Gardens, trees, Year of Mondays Leave a comment

In my Reader…three books

It’s fall and I’m teaching two evening landscape design courses at a college near here.  I’m always looking for books to bring to class for my students to look at.  Last week it was Thomas Church’s Gardens are for People. … Read more

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LABELS: books, Garden Design, inspiration, Landscape Design 4 Comments

Garden Seating + Storage

Do you take your garden multi-tasking seriously?  Do you only have so much space?  This clever garden seating/storage solution from the Canadian design Urban Product is just a win-win as far as I’m concerned.  Clean lined and elegant, it’s made … Read more

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LABELS: Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 8 Comments

Sustainability and the ‘M’ word

Over the past weekend there has been much discussion in the garden and landscape community about sustainability, healthy environments and organic practices.  Both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Garden Writers Association had their annual conferences and saving … Read more

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LABELS: business, economy, Gardens, green, green washing, sustainability, sustainable landscapes 16 Comments

Monday 32 | A Year of Mondays

Unexpected.  Abstract.  It rained in the garden yesterday–a soft soaking rain.  In a last minute stay of execution I decided to leave this one Caryopteris ssp. in the garden a few weeks ago.  The other two are gone.  Now I … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, Garden Styles, Gardens, plants Leave a comment

In my Reader…Gardens Illustrated’s Podcasts

Here’s an auditory post.  Most of us who are serious about garden and landscape design read Gardens Illustrated, the English garden magazine.  Both informative and beautiful, I’ve been reading it since I found my first copy on the newsstand many … Read more

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LABELS: Chelsea Flower Show, Garden Design, inspiration, landscape designer Leave a comment

Garden Tour

One of my gardens is part of the Friends of Frelinghuysen fall garden tour on September 19th.  Registration for the self guided tour is open until September 15th and will feature 5 private gardens rarely open to the public in … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Design, garden visits, Gardens, Landscape Design 6 Comments

Mobile Gardens

With the fall planting season in full swing here, I thought I’d share this uber-cool idea from Dutch based Italian industrial designer Gionata Gatto.  Called Urban Buds, the project should still be on view at Sotheby’s in London where it’s … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration 3 Comments

Monday 31 | A Year of Mondays

The season of golden light has started.  Long and low I find it to be the most magical time of year.  Spring is a frenzy, fall is slower–more contemplative.  Trained by years of school starts, it is also a time … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process 4 Comments

In my Reader…Slow Love Life

So many magazines that have disappeared in the past few years.  One of the ones I miss the most is House and Garden.  Dominique Browning was its editor from 2002 until 2007 when it was shuttered.  Her wonderful blog Slow … Read more

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LABELS: blogs, Design, Garden Styles, inspiration 1 Comment

Horticulture’s Newest Contributing Editor…

I have a new gig–Contributing Editor for Horticulture magazine.  This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop designing gardens and landscapes, it just means that along with fellow APLD landscape designer Rebecca Sweet, I’ll be writing about design for this great … Read more

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LABELS: Landscape Design, press 36 Comments