The Latest Gardening Apps for iPhone and Android

May 8, 2013 13 comments
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Since I joined the modern world in getting a smart phone last year, I’ve been on the lookout for great gardening apps that can help me explain landscape design ideas to clients, get plant ideas on the go, or just give me a productive way of killing time when I’m stuck in line at the […]

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Grassy Favorites, New and Old

April 3, 2013 24 comments
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While I won’t go so far as to recommend you take gardening advice from your cat, ornamental grasses comprise such a broadly useful array of plants for the landscape that it’s almost impossible to avoid falling in love with at least a few of them. Some are wispy and rustle in the wind, some are […]

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A Public Service Announcement From Your Cats

March 25, 2013 3 comments

Please plant more grasses. They are excellent to gnaw on:  

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Humboldt’s Gothic Princess: Giant Purple Wakerobin

March 18, 2013 9 comments
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Who says native plants aren’t lovely? Giant purple wakerobin, or Trillium kurabayashii, is just one of the uncommon beauties found in our local forests. I love the mottled leaves, which rival those of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ for interest in the shade garden, but the blackish-burgundy blooms seal the deal for me and make this a […]

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Book Review of Lawn Gone: Attractive Alternatives to Lawn

March 4, 2013 187 comments
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While I love having a minimalist patch of organic lawn in my backyard for the cats and chickens to run around on, as a landscape designer I am thoroughly “over” using lawn as the default option. It takes more maintenance, fertilizer, and water than just about anything else in the landscape, yet it gives nothing […]

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2013 Garden Trends Prediction

January 27, 2013 13 comments
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While most trend reports depict their trends as being the next new thing, really most trends come from ideas that have been around for a while, and have just been gathering steam. There’s very little that’s new in the world, especially in something as connected to natural rhythms as gardening, but everyone brings their own […]

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Best and Worst of 2012: Trends, Colors, Books, Tools, and the Most Popular Articles

January 7, 2013 14 comments
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2012 was a great year for gardening in many ways – the sustainability movement made for some beautiful, fresh ideas (like the insect habitat art introduced by Flora Grubb) and the continuation of the less-lawn movement gave designers an excuse to go bold with the front yard, skipping the usual lawn-with-foundation-plantings in favor of water […]

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Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: The Book

December 8, 2012 46 comments
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 “Let’s face it: the garden is a popularity contest. High school is a metaphor for life, and gardening is no exception. Step into our gardens and we find the prom queen and the star quarterback, the cheerleader and the rebel who cut class. Popular plants rule today’s landscapes the same way popular kids rule the […]

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How to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

December 6, 2012 47 comments
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Now that Thanksgiving is properly over, we can start thinking about Christmas without everybody groaning. This is especially good news to me, since I love whistling Christmas carols year-round. Finally! The one month of the year I can whistle my rousing rendition of Jingle Bells without causing raised eyebrows. There is so much that I […]

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$5 Magazine Deals Through December 3rd

November 29, 2012 1 comment
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While I do most of my reading online, I still have a weakness for actual print magazines. My favorites are Fine Gardening and Urban Farm, though I read a wide selection of gardening rags just to keep up with the latest and greatest. Though my two top faves never ever seem to go on sale […]

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