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Category Archives: formal gardens
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
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
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
Yak, Yak, Yak–My Big Mouth!
Here’s a podcast I recorded about my experience as a landscape designer who blogs. The others on the podcast are Rochelle Greayer of Studio G and Chris Heiler of Landscape Leadership. Click here. Listen and enjoy. Old School Recording Device … Read more
Here’s some photos from today. Furniture and pots arrived. Irrigation and lighting was installed. Today was complicated by too many people in too small a space and downpours. The plywood & tarps are protecting one of our walksIt’s the only … Read more
Every designer showhouse I’ve been involved with suffers from the same malady–too little interdisciplinary/committee/designer cross communication. Yesterday, my entire day was dedicated to solving issues with my garden space that could have been a non-issue had all parties worked with … Read more
There was a big pow-wow between all of the landscape designers, contractors, and showhouse committee members today. I made some short videos of the garden space to share here. I have to make some design changes to create appropriate transitions … Read more
As I said in Issue 2, this is going to be a formal garden. The garden’s official name for the showhouse journal and website is ‘A Formal Invitation’. The ‘invitations’ are implied the the garden’s design. Its layout allows views … Read more
All of the landscape design invitees for the 2009 showhouse were provided with a master plan which illustrated the homeowner’s and the consulting landscape architect’s very formal vision for the property. There would be an addition to the east side … Read more
I have always had a fondness for the clean lines of formalism. To my eye its geo-organization looks contemporary and fresh. I know there are a many designers who would rather die than design something with a formally organized space–they … Read more