Monthly Archives: September 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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