Yearly Archives: 2012

Trend Watch: The Gilded Garden

Opulence isn’t a dirty word.  After years of frugal garden and DIY design options ie. the pallet craze and other recycled madness, many (including me) are ready for a sense of luxury.  Small and large, these indulgences give hope to … Read more

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Garden Designers Roundtable: A Fashionable Address

I’ve often said the least expensive way to spruce up or create a dramatic space is with stain and paint. It’s so inexpensive that if you don’t like it, you can afford to change it. Pair that with one of … Read more

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The State of Garden Things

December is a strange month – a holiday cocktail blended from the current year, the past year, and the next.  It’s hard to ignore, so I won’t.  This year I have revealed my Dirty Little Garden Secret, finished a large … Read more

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Garden to Table- Simplfy the Holiday DIY

I have so little time this year for holiday DIY projects that I’ve been looking for super simple ideas.  I always lean to those that can use seeds pods, cones and whatever else I already have on hand. Here’s one … Read more

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Garden Designers Roundtable: Plants, Memory and Dance

I have reached an age when I am able to stitch together seemingly disparate memories into a fluid life’s story. The ability to see, the kind of sight gained through years of training, observation and memory, is what leads me … Read more

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Postcard from New Orleans

I’m in New Orleans for the first time.  I’m representing APLD as well as speaking at the International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo.  I took the morning to walk around the Garden District for a few hours before setting up … Read more

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LABELS: Gardens, inspiration, New Orleans 1 Comment

An Unanticipated Slowdown

You may have heard that we had a wee storm here earlier this week.  These images from the New York Times tell part of the story.   There is another one to tell. Ten or twelve years ago, before the instantaneous … Read more

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My Dirty, Little Garden Secret

Yes, I have a secret.  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything about my own gardens this year.  That’s because I have a dirty, little secret about them. Here it is.  For the past year I have done … Read more

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LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design 9 Comments

Garden Design Details: Wire Frame Chairs

I have a renewed interest in wire frame chairs on the patio, so I’ve created a round-up of some favorites. They can be funky, classic or wacky and whimsical.  They can sit by themselves as a conversation piece or they … Read more

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LABELS: Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 2 Comments

Virtual Wanderlust…Le Pavillion de Galon

Every now and then I get sucked in.  I wander off my intended path and Voila! I find something wonderful, better yet when the possibility exists to stay there.  I love the gardens at Le Pavillon de Galon, a bed … Read more

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LABELS: Dining al fresco, France, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design 1 Comment

Graphic Recycled Garden Furniture

I am not a fan of the current trend that extols us to grab a shipping pallet or some cast off boards and use them to make something else.  Most of what results still looks like garbage.  Who cares if the … Read more

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LABELS: California, Gardens, green, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, San Francisco, sustainability 2 Comments

Carved in Stone

There’s a current and rather annoying trend to share words of wisdom in graphic form on Pinterest and Facebook.  I’ve been known to share said same on the former as the link proves. These are careless, superficial toss-offs pearls of wisdom … Read more

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Barrel Stave Garden Trellis

Before I start dashing around this morning I wanted to share this with you.  While in California two weeks ago with APLD, I visited Benzinger Family Winery in Sonoma.  They have an incredible biodynamic operation that among many other things includes an … Read more

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LABELS: California, Gardens, inspiration, sculpture, Travel, trellises 1 Comment

Guadeloupe, Gardens, and Prie Dieu

Have you ever visited a garden that as a whole didn’t speak to you but parts of it made you smile?  That happened to me last week.  A garden I visited incorporated an extensive and lively collection of Mexican folk … Read more

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Garden Designers’ Roundtable: Details make the Design

I’m a collector of details.  Often when visiting gardens, as I did in Northern California last week, it’s the details that stick in my mind’s eye.  I muse on how I’d use them in a garden design. Attention to the … Read more

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Postcard from Silicon Valley

I finally got to see two gardens that made my heart sing.  Both were what interior designers call ‘transitional’ design sitting comfortably between traditional and contemporary.  We landscape designers don’t label our work in that way.  What I will say that is … Read more

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Postcard from San Francisco

We (me and 200 other APLD designers) spent the day visiting several gardens in San Francisco. There were some things I really liked, but damn my critical self, I have visited so many gardens that I need to be wowed … Read more

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An Afternoon in Berkeley

I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon with two designers who have been a huge influence on me over the last ten years.  Michelle Derviss and David Feix were kind enough to take time out of their busy days … Read more

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Leaf’s Anniversary and Westward Ho!

Yesterday was a whirlwind of last minute edits, technical glitches and nail biting as we got the First Anniversary issue of Leaf out the virtual door.  It’s always that way. Today it’s all about getting myself out the door to … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find(s) and Westward Bound!

It’s always hard the week before a trip, and the week after, but the trips themselves are oh, so worth it!  I’m headed west at the end of the week (after we publish Leaf) to meet up with 150 or … Read more

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Golden Light, Grasses and Gardens

I’ve been a bit neglectful here.  I’m hoping this little bit of magic will make up for it, but I will confess to wanting to break out of the garden and write about other things that interest me.  They may … Read more

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Happy Birthday Leaf Magazine!

It’s hard for me to believe that Leaf Magazine is going to be a year old.  Actually it’s way older if you count the planning stages, but our Autumn 2012 issue that will publish next week will mark a full … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find: 50s Folding Garden Chairs

I’m old enough to remember the same chairs in my great Aunt Julie’s garden in Coney Island.  They came out of the garage and onto her painted concrete driveway whenever we came to visit.  The adults would sit and gossip … Read more

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Here Comes the Sun…Yellow is Everywhere

Here comes some bright and sunny punch for gardens.  Yellow.  I started reporting seeing it on the Leaf FB page earlier in the spring, and now I see the idea developing into a full blown color trend. So here we … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…Stone Mushrooms

At first I thought I was the one stoned.  For $80 this set of six vintage stone garden mushrooms are a steal. Not everything on 1st Dibs is expensive and out of reach!  These are available via Ma(i)sonry in Napa, … Read more

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Garden Color Inspiration: Black

A few years ago, when Paul Bonine’s book Black Plants was released everyone went gaga over the drama of black foliage and flowers, it’s taken a while for everything else to catch up. Black Plants Black has long been part of … Read more

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Garden Designers Roundtable: Art or Garden?

I suspect that most people think about art in the garden as a well placed sculpture or even a beautifully designed border, but what happens when artists and designers create a garden as art from the get go?  Do we … Read more

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Contemporary Containers in an Old City

Off I went with a friend last week to points north. The midpoint stop of our journey was Quebec City.  Surrounded by stone ramparts with arched entry gates, the old city there is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates … Read more

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It’s Summer!

It’s summer and that brings a whole different set of thoughts, ideas and activities.  I went out the other night to walk the dog and was totally enchanted by fireflies in a way I hadn’t been since childhood.  I miss … Read more

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LABELS: Gardens, summer 2 Comments

Beehive Structures

Wayward paths are a curious thing.  My post last week about dovecotes and a quick look at some things I had pinned led me down this particular road.  I’ve become totally intrigued with beehive shaped structures and thinking about how to … Read more

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