Category Archives: landscape designer

Narrow Fence Line Planting

In the suburban New York/New Jersey gardens where I do much of my landscape design work, fences are a part of the landscape. They become, by virtue of the height and length, a major landscape feature–whether intended or not. Creating a … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, landscape designer, Planting Design 4 Comments

Re-Making an Old Garden for a New Family

Often my landscape design clients I ask me to insert some contemporary flavor into an existing landscape. These renovation projects are similar to interior updates in that the new has to dovetail seamlessly with the existing. This family had a … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, landscape designer, New Jersey, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 7 Comments

Green Gardens

Green is a thing. Right now it’s a missing thing. It’s what I miss most during winter and what makes me smile first in the spring–those small green shoots pushing up through frigid earth. I’ve been thinking about making flowerless gardens. Gardens that … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design, landscape designer, Planting Design 10 Comments

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

LABELS: Garden Art and Antiques, Garden Design Details, garden visits, Gardens, landscape designer, New Jersey, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Leave a comment

Travel Inspiration for gardens in The Designer

The summer issue of The Designer, APLD’s quarterly design magazine is out.  In the editorial is a piece I wrote about my trip to Morocco last winter and how the patterned surfaces found everywhere there have continued to influence my … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, Gardens, inspiration, landscape designer, Morocco, Travel Leave a comment

The Power of Showing Up

Seven years ago, I just showed up in Philadelphia one day.  I didn’t know anyone except the person I was with.  I walked into a room of 200 strangers and sat down.  By lunch time I had introduced myself to … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, landscape designer, Philadelphia 3 Comments

Garden Accessories: A Visit to Branch Studio

I’m still in Detroit and processing everything I’ve seen so far.  I was lucky enough to spend a few days with landscape designer Deborah Silver and her dog and human partners before the 2013 APLD Landscape Design conference started.  One … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, landscape designer 2 Comments

Garden Design Details: Dwell Studios new Bungalow fabric

I’m always on the lookout for cool outdoor fabrics and try to add them whenever I can to customize furniture for my garden and landscape design clients. I just discovered this new, super fun fabric story ‘Bungalow’ designed by Dwell … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, landscape designer, Outdoor Fabric, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Leave a comment

Sprung!

I haven’t been here very much in the past few weeks…this April has been unusual in more ways than just the weather.   It’s been busy…way beyond what is usual.  March was warm so  my super active design season started … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Gardens, landscape designer 1 Comment

Garden Designers Roundtable: Reality Check! Designers Save Money

  This post is a bit of a rant because I find that so many people don’t really get it. Landscape renovations and installations are as big a construction project as any bathroom, kitchen or home addition. Few would attempt … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, landscape designer 30 Comments

A Garden is a Lovesome thing…

The poem in the title (and below) , by Thomas Edward Brown, is carved in stone at the entrance to the private pleasure garden Ellen Biddle Shipman designed for Gertrude Seiberling at Stan Hywet Hall. There is an innate femininity to Shipman’s gardens.  As a divorced, … Read more

LABELS: Design, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design, landscape designer, native plants 3 Comments

Garden Design Details: Classic Box Planters

Sometimes it’s hard to improve on a classic.  Since a visit long ago to Versailles, I have had a secret love affair with the classic box planter. Also known as an Orangerie Planter or tree box planter, these containers can … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, Gardens, landscape designer, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 4 Comments

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

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

Design Challenge: Garden Designers Rountable

All of us are working on the same real life design problem this month–a landscape renovation for a young couple’s New England country home.  Tuesday’s Find will return next week. For my part, I’m going to attempt to explain my … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer 6 Comments

In my Reader…Fernando Caruncho

I was reminded of  Spanish landscape architect Fernando Caruncho‘s work late last spring while on a garden crawl with fellow designer Jane Derickson.  Several years ago I had read and article about Caruncho’s work in New Jersey by Anne Raver … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, inspiration, Landscape Design, landscape designer 3 Comments

In my Reader…Gardens Illustrated’s Podcasts

Here’s an auditory post.  Most of us who are serious about garden and landscape design read Gardens Illustrated, the English garden magazine.  Both informative and beautiful, I’ve been reading it since I found my first copy on the newsstand many … Read more

LABELS: Chelsea Flower Show, Garden Design, inspiration, landscape designer Leave a comment

In my Reader…Dirt Simple

This is one of my favorite blogs about landscape design written by a landscape designer. Its author, Deborah Silver, is also the owner of Detroit Garden Works and The Branch Studio.  Her landscape design aesthetic is traditional as is the … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer 6 Comments

Fieldtrip: James Rose Center

Last Saturday morning I headed north to Ridgewood, NJ to help with the annual spring clean up at the quirky and impossibly creative James Rose Center. This modernist bastion of free thinking and improvisation is located in a community of … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Landscape Design, landscape designer 7 Comments

Monday 10 | A Year of Mondays Project

I’m a ‘big picture’ kind of person.  When I started this project I knew that sticking with it would be hard for me – especially in spring with so many big picture options on the horizon.  But here I am … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Garden Styles, inspiration, landscape designer 1 Comment

Ladies’ Choice

I don’t usually post the same things here as I do on my Facebook fan page and Twitter. Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak at a symposium sponsored by the local and exceptional arboretum-Frelinghuysen.  I am also not an … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, Garden Styles, Landscape Design, landscape designer 1 Comment

Monday 5 | A Year of Mondays Project

Chiaroscuro.  The shadows are the story this week.  I realize that I’ve been looking down because up seems empty in winter.  Today, though, the sun and a clear and brilliant blue sky gave me my subject and I’m thankful for … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, landscape designer, winter gardens 6 Comments

Monday 2 | A Year of Mondays Project

This is a little bit of a cheat.  I’m about 175 miles from my home garden…two states away actually.  So before I left yesterday I went out to the garden.   When it gets warmer I hope to make some drawings, … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, Landscape Design, landscape designer, plants 4 Comments

Garden Designer’s Bloglink: 5 Regional Ideas

Grab a snack…this might take a while… In December, as a guest on Garden Gossip, I extolled listeners to ‘celebrate their regions’  instead of trying to emulate a garden design style that is at odds with their specific location. That … Read more

LABELS: architectural salvage, green, Landscape Design, landscape designer, native plants, New Jersey, Planting Design, recycling, sustainability, sustainable landscapes 23 Comments

Do what I say…not what I do!l

As a landscape and garden designer, I only have one hard and fast rule:  create a space that compels people to venture out to use it.  Whether it’s a path, a patio, or just a comfortable place to sit and … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, landscape designer 13 Comments

Inspiration and Influence: Image Spark

I love tools that allow me to work intuitively.  I don’t mind spending time to master the use of a new tool, but when one comes along that is as elegant  as Image Spark  I have to share.  Image Spark … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Garden Design, image editors, inspiration, Landscape Design, landscape designer, social media 6 Comments

Show House Videos No. 1 and No. 3

It’s the beginning of designer showhouse season.  Designer previews for one that will take place in May 2010 are going on for those invited to submit their concepts for  a design space.  In the past I’ve kept an on-line journal … Read more

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The ‘L’ Word

This post could also be called ‘What’s In a Name?” The new Twitter list tool has me thinking. I am thrilled to be included on so many people’s lists, but I’m wondering about the category most have put me in. … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer 4 Comments

In Praise of Craftsmanship

As a landscape designer who runs a design only practice, I am dependent on those who build my work to realize my vision.  I have, over many years, through trial and error, found several contractors and artisans who embrace excellent … Read more

LABELS: craftsmanship, dry stone walling, Garden Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer, stone work 6 Comments

Late to the Party

It’s been a while since I wrote about a plant.  I tend to leave that to other, better horticulturists. Spotted, driving down a country road, Hamamelis virginiana’s yellow puffs tell me it’s time to turn on the heat and hunker … Read more

LABELS: autumn, deer resistant, landscape designer, native plants Leave a comment

My Life on the A List | New Jersey Life Magazine

I’m thrilled.  This doesn’t happen often…Susan Cohan Gardens was named to the 2009 Editor’s Choice on New Jersey Life’s A list as one of the best exterior designers in the state.  I’d love to thank whoever nominated me–but I have … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer 7 Comments