Category Archives: Garden Styles

Specific stylistic details or designs for gardens and garden designers.

Andre le Notre: Four Hundred Years Strong

I’m taking sides with Andre le Notre.  Four hundred years ago he was practicing a type of landscape design that is still valid and revered today.  It’s handmade, skillfully practiced, and incredibly beautiful.  It is the antithesis of today’s trend … Read more

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LABELS: formal gardens, France, Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design 12 Comments

Garden Visit: Secret City Hideaway in Australia

I often find arresting images of gardens from Australia.  Many times they’re from Secret Gardens of Sydney.  The pure graphic quality of this interior courtyard is strong and fun and full of ideas-despite its diminutive size and simplicity. The strength of … Read more

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LABELS: Contemporary Gardens, Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design 1 Comment

Garden Trends: Dumpster Style

If you haven’t figured it out from previous posts, I’m having a visceral and negative reaction to quaint upcycling. Please do not show me something else made out of pallets.  Yuck. A good dumpster dive involves a deep understanding of … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, recycling 8 Comments

When a garden changes hands…

Last May I spent a morning with Rich Pomerantz photographing three of my gardens.  Normally I shoot all of my own photos, but I have never been able to get decent images of these three, so I brought in Rich … Read more

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LABELS: formal gardens, Gardens 6 Comments

Garden Trend Watch: Rough Refinement

Last Thursday I scouted the Architectural Digest Home Design Show for outdoor furniture and accessories.  I wasn’t just looking for pieces, I was shopping the market for trends and innovations as well.  I found all three–great pieces, emerging trends and … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Styles, inspiration, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, Trends 5 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a pair of garden helpers

I have always loved tools–especially garden tools.   Even more than new tools, I love old tools.  Tools that have felt the touch and respect of others and that have the patina of many years of jobs well done.  In celebration … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, Garden Styles 1 Comment

March Magazine Madness

March has been particularly good to me and I’m tooting my own horn here.  As a hard core magazine lover, I’m thrilled to be featured in three this month!  This type of press coverage is not a common occurrence around … Read more

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LABELS: Design, Garden Styles, Landscape Design, magazines, susan cohan 14 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…an iron horse

Usually I don’t love this kind of 60′s sculpture, but I can envision this steel horse prancing in a meadow garden.  At over 4′ tall and 6′ long, I think it would be just fantastic, don’t you?   It’s from Dixon … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, Art, garden ornaments, Garden Styles, Ironwork, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 5 Comments

In my Reader…Earthly Delights

This is probably more a save the date than anything else.  If you live and work in the New York metropolitan region, plan on attending this event on May 21st!  Earthly Delights promises to be an exceptional garden event filled … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, garden ornaments, Garden Styles, garden visits, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Leave a comment

Philadelphia Flower Show 2011

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later.  The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show was disappointing.  With a theme like Springtime in Paris it should have been filled with romantic, eccentric, fashionable gardens.  I go for the show gardens.  Sure … Read more

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LABELS: Flower Shows, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, Philadelphia Flower Show 7 Comments

In my Reader…Tokyo DIY Gardening

You know I’m not a huge DIY person.  If everyone did that, I’d be out of business.  BUT, I love Tokyo DIY Gardening.  An open source site for anyone who gardens in overcrowded Tokyo. It is also chock full of … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Styles, inspiration, Japan, sustainability, sustainable landscapes Leave a comment

In my Reader…my book!

This was ‘leaked’ yesterday by a friend on Facebook…it was supposed to be a surprise… Over the winter I created a look book of built work.  It’s a hybrid between a coffee table book of garden eye candy and more … Read more

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LABELS: books, Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, landscape designer, Marketing 5 Comments

Trend Watch: Belgian Beige for Garden Rooms

For the past few years, a major interior design trend has been slowly trickling down from the high end to the mass market.  ‘Belgian Beige’ is perfect for translation in garden rooms.  Upscale mass merchants like Restoration Hardware and Pottery … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Design, Garden Styles, inspiration 8 Comments

In my Reader…Madagascar Trailer

I am often blown away by the way landscapes are rendered in animation.  Madagascar, carnet de voyage by Bastien Dubois took four years to make and is one of five short animated films nominated for an Oscar this year.  In … Read more

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LABELS: Film, Garden Styles, inspiration Leave a comment

House & Garden (British)

The February 2011 issue of House & Garden almost got it right.  I’m talking about the mix of articles–not the gardens they chose to profile.  There are three features on gardens…two about designers and an additional monthly feature on products. … Read more

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LABELS: Design, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, magazines 5 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a birdcage

I’m not sure I’d actually confine a bird in this cement birdcage, but I’d love to have it in my garden…wouldn’t you?  From Fleur in Mt. Kisco, NY.

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LABELS: Antiques, faux bois, Garden Styles, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 4 Comments

In my Reader…Nowness

Just reading this uber-chic blog makes me feel cool.  Impossibly hip, Nowness is the daily blog from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Well written and beautifully documented, its exclusive content comes from a wide range of contributors and is definitely … Read more

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LABELS: Design, fashion, Garden Styles, Trends 1 Comment

A Garden Renovation

It’s an interesting turn of events when a client calls and wants me to renovate a garden I designed for them years ago.  Several months ago, that’s exactly what happened.  One of my clients is planning a 2nd story master … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Design, Garden Styles, Landscape Design 3 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…Modernist planters

Modernist and geometric elements for the garden can be so clean lined that they lack visual power beyond their form.  This beautiful set of highly detailed planters found at Gordon Watson Ltd goes against that idea.  Made of  perspex, bronze … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, Containers, Design, Garden Styles, Gardens 1 Comment

Monday 52 | A Year of Mondays

There was a finality to typing the number 52.  I’ll admit to feeling a bit wistful.  When I embarked on this journey of discovery, it was to explore what I might  learn about inspiration and creativity by regular and frequent … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Styles, Year of Mondays 5 Comments

A Chanel Inspired Garden

Rochelle from StudioG and I are having a garden inspiration throw down.  She frequently uses fashion as a muse for garden inspiration.  I am a hardcore fan of fashion, so when she posted a Hippie fashion inspired post, I challenged … Read more

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LABELS: couture, Design, fashion, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration 3 Comments

Patrick Dougherty at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

I ducked out of  Plant-o-Rama yesterday after hearing Tony Advent’s presentation on worthy garden plants.  I couldn’t stay inside in the dark auditorium watching slides and listening.  I schmoozed with the exhibitors for a while, had a bite to eat … Read more

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LABELS: Art, earthworks, Garden Styles 2 Comments

Aspirational Garden Design

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal about who is buying luxury products was good news to me.  Aspirational buyers love their gardens as well as the interiors of their homes.  They hire designers.   That, in my way of … Read more

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LABELS: color, Design, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 4 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…the patina is the thing

This deceptively simple double garden gate  from the 1940s has high impact.  The striking blue patina and subtle metal rail detail takes something that could be sooooo ho-hum and makes it special.  The original from English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton, … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, Fences, Garden Styles 1 Comment

In my Reader…Suzanne Cummings

I’m not a houseplant kind of girl and it’s the middle of January.  The only chance I have at bloom color at home is cut  flowers.   Enter designer Suzanne Cummings.  I ‘met’ Suzanne via Twitter and we’ve been chatting back … Read more

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LABELS: bouquet, flowers, Garden Styles 3 Comments

Monday 47 | A Year of Mondays

This should be No. 48, but last week I was so busy that I didn’t even think about going out to the garden until it was dark… This week is much the same, but I’ve made time since I haven’t … Read more

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LABELS: Garden Styles, winter gardens, Year of Mondays 2 Comments

In my Reader…Inspire Me Now

This is one for anyone with a short attention span.  Inspire Me Now is a blitz of  inspiration images and ideas curated by Szymon Blaszczyk, a specialist in user experience design.  The blog consists solely of provocative images  that demand … Read more

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LABELS: Creative Process, Design, Garden Styles, inspiration 4 Comments

2010 Top 5 Posts–Yours!

I’ve never done a “top”  list before.  I was interested in what everyone was here was reading so I took a look at the numbers.  As a landscape designer I’m interested in trends–self generated as well as user generated. The … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Art, color, Design, fashion, Film, Garden Design, Garden Designers Roundtable, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, Trends Leave a comment

In my Reader…Happy Holidays

‘Twas the night before Christmas…and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Happy Holidays all!

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LABELS: Garden Styles 4 Comments

Happy Holidays…from Santa

Thomas Nast drew his images of Santa Claus not far from where I live in Morristown, New Jersey more than 135 years ago.  Those visions have become ours.  Happy Holidays!  There will be one more post, on Friday of  this … Read more

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