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

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

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

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

LABELS: formal gardens, Gardens 6 Comments

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

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Showhouse Season V, Issue 10, Mud & Mayhem

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

LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, terra cotta pots. seibert_rice, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 4.1, The State of Things (con’t)

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

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Showhouse Season V, Issue 4, The State of Things

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

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Styles, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ, volunteerism Leave a comment

Showhouse Season V, Issue 3, Early Decisions

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

LABELS: craftsmanship, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, terra cotta pots. seibert_rice, VNA of Central NJ 3 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 2. The Design Process

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

LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Styles, inspiration, Landscape Design, Sheep's Run, sustainable landscapes, VNA of Central NJ Leave a comment

Design with Discipline, Plant with Abandon

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

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design 1 Comment