Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Garden is a Lovesome thing…

The poem in the title (and below) , by Thomas Edward Brown, is carved in stone at the entrance to the private pleasure garden Ellen Biddle Shipman designed for Gertrude Seiberling at Stan Hywet Hall. There is an innate femininity to Shipman’s gardens.  As a divorced, … Read more

LABELS: Design, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design, landscape designer, native plants 3 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable: Seeking Shade

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.  But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making … Read more

LABELS: Gardens 13 Comments

Whimsical Garden Chairs

I saw these first in the new Entra magazine…which is fabulous by the way. I’m not a whimsical kind of designer, but some of my very creative landscape design clients are and these chairs from Joy de Rohan Chabot are … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 3 Comments

Garden Design Details: Cleveland Underfoot

I was visiting gardens in the greater Cleveland area last week and what struck me most was the details.  There were wonderful, thoughtful ideas in almost every garden of the more than 30 we visited. Here are some of the … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, APLD, Gardens, patio stone, paving pattern, Stone 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…a cast stone bench

This is an interesting garden bench design…part faux bois, part Gothic carving and part a stone mason’s textural basket pattern.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a anything quite like it…it shouldn’t work, but it does. It’s available from R.T. … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, faux bois, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 1 Comment

Miss R on the road…visiting gardens

It’s that time of year again when I travel to visit gardens. To truly understand a garden, you have to stand in the middle of it. I can only learn so much from images–and we all know that I’m an … Read more

LABELS: APLD, Gardens, Travel 2 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a fan

Sometimes being out in the garden is just hot and unpleasant.  Imagine this floor fan retrofitted as an outdoor sculpture and fan!  Industrial artifacts are on the horizon in garden trends…not farm artifacts, but things from our factory past that … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Design, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, sculpture Leave a comment

A Garden Unexpected…field of dreams

Driving back from a client’s project the other night I was stuck in traffic.  I was thinking about a post I wanted to write about my ambivalence about local solar farms and their impact on open space and the beauty … Read more

LABELS: Foxgloves, Gardens, inspiration 6 Comments

Garden Design Details: Classic Box Planters

Sometimes it’s hard to improve on a classic.  Since a visit long ago to Versailles, I have had a secret love affair with the classic box planter. Also known as an Orangerie Planter or tree box planter, these containers can … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, Gardens, landscape designer, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 4 Comments