Category Archives: garden visits

Garden Visit: Filoli

My visit last week to one of the great American gardens, Filoli, in northern California, was a revelation in many ways.  I have wanted to visit since I first saw pictures of it years ago. The garden was designed in … Read more

LABELS: California, formal gardens, Garden Art and Antiques, garden visits, Gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design, San Francisco, Travel 13 Comments

Garden Travel: Back and Forth

Next week I’m travelling again. This time on a search for garden antiques and vintage in the markets in Paris and parts of Belgium. I am continuing on to Rome for a few days of play after that. For the … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, Antiques, Garden Art and Antiques, garden visits, Gardens, Miami, susan cohan, Travel 1 Comment

Garden Visits: Princeton

I visited gardens yesterday in Princeton, New Jersey. The tour was arranged by the New Jersey Landscape and Nursery Association (NJNLA) and featured four very different gardens by designer Bill Kucas. What struck me about these outdoor spaces was that … Read more

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Garden Visit: Greenwood Gardens

Greenwood Gardens, a Garden Conservancy preservation project, is also a public garden that has recently re-opened after several years of adaptive renovations. In Short Hills, NJ, it’s about ten minutes from my home office, so I have visited it often … Read more

LABELS: Garden Conservancy, garden visits, Gardens, New Jersey 3 Comments

Garden Visit: Atlanta Botanical Garden

I’m in Atlanta for the inaugural Garden Bloggers Conference and I came two days early to explore.  Yesterday, visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden with friends and fellow landscape designers Kathy and Tom Carmichael. we were beset by monsters! But seriously.  The … Read more

LABELS: Atlanta, garden visits, Gardens, Planting Design, Travel 2 Comments

Field Trip: Leonard J. Buck Garden

Tens of thousands of years ago, a glacial lake drained leaving behind basalt outcroppings now known as Moggy Hollow in its wake.  Flash forward to the 1930s, when Leonard Buck planted them and established what would become a world class rock … Read more

LABELS: garden visits, Gardens, New Jersey 2 Comments

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

LABELS: California, folk art, garden ornaments, garden visits, Gardens, Landscape Design, vintage Leave a comment

Thoughts about Seattle…gardens etc.

I was in Seattle for a week.  I’d never been there before and really had no idea what to expect.  Four days of my visit was spent with other garden bloggers at the fourth annual Garden Bloggers Fling. We visited … Read more

LABELS: garden visits, Gardens 8 Comments

In my Reader…Perspectives from an Italian Garden

Just when spring was warming up–it snowed this week on gardens in the  NY/NJ metropolitan area…twice.  I started dreaming about being someplace else…anywhere really.   I let Gervais de Bedee take me to his corner of Italy and on his travels … Read more

LABELS: blogs, garden visits, Gardens, Landscape Design, Travel 4 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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Garden Inspiration | Garden Designers Roundtable

I graze across disciplines, media and firsthand experience to feed my ever growing habit. Here are five (of the many more) ideas from the past year that have inspired me.  Some have been included in previous posts, others on my … Read more

LABELS: Design, Film, Garden Styles, garden visits, Gardens, inspiration, Trends 11 Comments

Circular Swimming Pools

I’m working on a landscape design that will incorporate a round pool.  I’ve been meaning to write about circular swimming pools for a while and have been collecting inspiration images on garden visits.  Round pools can stand on their own … Read more

LABELS: garden visits, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design 2 Comments

Dallas, Part 2a – Cool and Modern

My trip to Dallas last week with APLD included five days of garden visits to 35 gardens both public and private.  This marathon of visual input and inspiration was exhilarating and surprising.  The traditional and the contemporary exist side by … Read more

LABELS: Dallas, drought tolerant, Garden Design, garden visits, inspiration, Landscape Design 1 Comment

In my Reader…an itinerary

In what little spare time I have this week, I’ve been pouring over an advance copy of the itinerary and conference brochure for next week’s Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) International Landscape Design Conference in Dallas. This will be … Read more

LABELS: APLD, garden visits, inspiration, Landscape Design 5 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable | Follies

I have a taste for the absurd, the wildly impractical and the creative.  Add to that real or imagined historical context and VOILA! you have my favorite type of garden folly.  It’s really too bad that there’s little interest–both economically … Read more

LABELS: garden visits, inspiration, Stone 14 Comments

Garden Tour

One of my gardens is part of the Friends of Frelinghuysen fall garden tour on September 19th.  Registration for the self guided tour is open until September 15th and will feature 5 private gardens rarely open to the public in … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, garden visits, Gardens, Landscape Design 6 Comments

Grounds for Sculpture

Last Sunday I met up with a group of my peers from APLDNJ for a summer social and private tour of Grounds for Sculpture.  I hadn’t been in a few years, so enough time had passed for me to see … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, garden visits, New Jersey, plants, sculpture 8 Comments

To Buffa10 with Love–Part 1

LABELS: cottage gardens, Garden Styles, garden visits, Travel 13 Comments

Artiface and Artifacts

Last Saturday, fellow designer Jane Derickson and I headed to the rolling hills of  western New Jersey to visit gardens.   Over the years I have visited many, many gardens and it’s rare that one sticks with me because its vision … Read more

LABELS: Garden Conservancy, Garden Styles, garden visits 10 Comments

A Twitterama

I had a wonderful day on Sunday in the company of people I’ve been Twittering with for almost two years.  Most of us had met before, but some of us had not.  We met at Margaret Roach’s beautiful garden for … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, garden visits, social media 5 Comments

What’s better than a Birthday present?

The Garden Conservancy‘s Open Days Directory of course!  Mine arrived this past Saturday and was the immediate cause for me to stop what I was doing and explore which gardens I want to visit this year.  I have been visiting … Read more

LABELS: Garden Conservancy, garden visits 4 Comments

Field Trip: Wave Hill

I didn’t set out to go to Wave Hill on Saturday, but it was a better day for ending up there.  I was surprised that on a glorious fall day there weren’t more people in this remarkable garden.  Each time … Read more

LABELS: autumn, garden visits, Landscape Design, plants 3 Comments

Field Trip: Montrose Gardens

Close to twenty years ago, as a serious home gardener, I discovered mail order plants–from a paper catalog with a paper order form that you had to send in by mail.   Some of the first plants delivered to my front … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, garden visits, inspiration, Landscape Design 11 Comments

A Gathering of Garden Writers

I’m at my first Garden Writer’s Association symposium in Raleigh, NC.  I decided to attend just to see what it was like and well, it’s different than I expected. Also, the Raleigh location and the planned garden visits were places … Read more

LABELS: garden visits, inspiration, Travel 5 Comments

Portland | Distilled

New and unknown destinations of all kinds always fuel my creative process, but I need time to put all of what I experience in perspective. When something is new it swirls around in my head and is exciting–like a new … Read more

LABELS: environment, garden visits, inspiration, Landscape Design, Travel 8 Comments

Portland | Contained

While standing in the gardens at Sakura Ridge last week, Vanessa Nagel, asked me if I could Twitter one thing about my Portland experience, what would it be?  Not needing any thought, I replied, “The diversity of  ideas.”  I think … Read more

LABELS: Containers, garden visits, inspiration, Oregon 6 Comments

Travel Plans

I love to travel and next week I’m getting the opportunity to go some place I’ve never been–Oregon.  I’ll be traveling to the APLD International Landscape Design Conference in Portland and the Hood River Valley and I’m very excited about … Read more

LABELS: APLD, garden visits, Travel 7 Comments

Mired In Tradition

Last Sunday, in Bucks County, PA, I went on my second Open Days garden crawl of the season. These visits recharge my creative juices and offer me a first hand opportunity to see what other landscape designers and talented amateurs … Read more

LABELS: English gardens, Garden Conservancy, Garden Styles, garden visits, Landscape Design, landscape designer, Planting Design 5 Comments

Garden Visits–Chester and Far Hills

Accompanied by a friend, who is also a landscape designer, a map and our cameras we set off to see three gardens in Morris and Somerset counties for an Open Days garden crawl. With my trusty point and shoot, I … Read more

LABELS: Garden Conservancy, Garden Design, garden visits, inspiration, Landscape Design 2 Comments

Field Trip–Chester and Far Hills

I really do what I say I do. Find Gardens to visit on Open Days Even though I design gardens and landscapes every day for a living, I still love to discover other people’s gardens. Today, despite the gloomy forecast, … Read more

LABELS: Garden Conservancy, garden visits, Landscape Design, landscape designer 2 Comments