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

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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

LABELS: California, Gardens, inspiration 5 Comments

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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