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Monthly Archives: March 2014
Garden Trends: Rattan Seating
I first noticed this emerging trend in Paris at Maison et Objet in January. Rattan furniture is back. As a material, it’s been out of favor for a while, but in the 1940s and 50s it was popular and chic. … Read more
Garden Trends in the Mall
Mall stores like Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel have made major investments in outdoor furniture and accessories, so I went to the mall to see what was new. Catalogs just don’t do it for me, I can’t … Read more
The New Garden Design
The new Garden Design magazine promises to be full of inspiration and ideas for all of us. I lamented when the previous one stopped publishing so I’m happy about this. Their primary focus is now American gardens and designers–not just the … Read more
Spring Bulb: Asphodelus fistulosus
I don’t usually write about plants I haven’t grown, but I’m so starved for spring I started looking through some images thinking to do a post about early spring bloomers. Instead I found some lovely images of Asphodelus fistulosus (Hollow stemmed … Read more
The Designer’s New Look…no not Dior!
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers‘ quarterly magazine has just re-launched. It has been re-designed and re-imagined and I think it looks really, really great. Read it here and subscribe for free. If you are a landscape designer then you … Read more
Garden Antiques Shopping…next winter!
Anyone who has hung around here for a while knows that I love antique and vintage garden ornament and furniture. I buy things for my landscape design clients and often, what I’m buying has been found in Europe. Since this … Read more
The Problem with Outdoor Designers
There’s a villain in this tale. It’s Target. Yes, that big box store, who actively promotes its designer relationships and products is the bad guy of this story. What’s worse though, and it still doesn’t absolve them, is that they’ve … Read more
My Plant Picks in The New York Times
Of course I was absolutely thrilled to be in last Thursday’s Home section of the New York Times! It was fun to think about what I would plant in a shady nook with deer. It’s exactly what I have in my … Read more
Art as Inspiration in Philadelphia
I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show last Friday. It was a fragrant, blooming balm for my winter starved soul. There was, as always, inspiration everywhere. This year’s theme was ‘Articulture’ and display and garden makers interpreted the theme broadly. … Read more