Monthly Archives: October 2010

In my Reader…The Sketchbook Project

I am going to participate in The Sketchbook Project. Artists from around the world all interpret the same small sketchbook.  Anyone can participate.  For $25 you are sent a small Moleskin sketchbook to fill according to a theme you choose … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, inspiration 6 Comments

Stoned…as in patios and walls

As a designer, I need to know a vast number of resources to enable me to solve a any number of  design problems, so last Saturday I spent the morning in the company of other  landscape and garden designers at … Read more

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LABELS: dry stone walling, patio stone, Stone 2 Comments

Monday 37 | A Year of Mondays

This seems to be a visual oxymoron.  Is there such a thing?  I bought this beautiful Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’ earlier in the season as a gift to myself.  I rarely buy plants. Its red tipped fall color seemed to be … Read more

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In My Reader…Dailies

There’s a new fun Twitter tool that deserves a look.  It allows you to keep up without actually Tweeting.  The Daily papers are created by virtually trawling a list, a hashtag or a single Twitter stream and putting links all … Read more

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My New Jersey…not Reality TV

Well I finally, by mistake, saw five minutes of the MTV hit Jersey Shore. For much of my life, in three separate stints, I have lived in the Garden State by choice.  I am not of Italian descent, don’t call … Read more

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Monday 36 | A Year of Mondays

Gardens are also about sky.  The open, infinite and mysterious beyond.  I spend too much time looking down.  Here’s what was up above the red maple at one end of the garden this morning.  It was definitely worth the look.  … Read more

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Searching for water

I have been struggling with the topic of water.  It’s something I take for granted.  The turn of a tap or the push of a lever and there it is, clean, safe and refreshing. I have to admit that I … Read more

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A Crying Shame

Despite my swagger, I’m a softy.  I well up in tears when I am moved by something–not usually landscapes or gardens.  In most professional situations, I am able to contain myself.  At Lawrence Halprin’s Heritiage Plaza in Fort Worth I … Read more

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LABELS: Landscape Design, Landscape Preservation 8 Comments

Monday 35 | A Year of Mondays

October is precious.  The finest weather time of the year–cool crisp mornings and warm golden afternoons.  Why am I always surprised when the leaves are suddenly glorious in their fall color?  It sneaks up on me every year.    Autumn seems … Read more

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In my Reader…Studio Roosegaarde

I’ll admit I’m a bit design obsessed.  Sadly, I don’t have an equal interest in science.  I do, however, admire designers who push the boundaries of technolgy in their work and Dutch designer Daan Roosegarrde and his Studio Rossegaarde is … Read more

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LABELS: Design, Garden Styles, inspiration, technology 3 Comments

On the job…a garden renovation project

I have been working on a garden renovation with a wonderful client who lives part-time in London and part-time here for the past year.  Her home here was finished more than 12 years ago and the gardens laid out, but … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Landscape Design, Planting Design 2 Comments

Dallas, Part 2a – Cool and Modern

My trip to Dallas last week with APLD included five days of garden visits to 35 gardens both public and private.  This marathon of visual input and inspiration was exhilarating and surprising.  The traditional and the contemporary exist side by … Read more

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LABELS: Dallas, drought tolerant, Garden Design, garden visits, inspiration, Landscape Design 1 Comment

Monday 34 | A Year of Mondays

I’ve been out of town for more than a week.  I skipped last week since, obviously, I was elsewhere.  I was in other people’s gardens in fact.  Having observed one of my own so closely for more than half the … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, inspiration, Year of Mondays 1 Comment