Aug 16, 2019
I hope you enjoy this video walk-through of a client's garden in Vancouver, Washington. In addition to colorful perennials and a select assortment of carefully-chosen shrubs, the garden features a custom designed and professionally installed privacy screen made of steel slats of varying heights laid out in a graceful undulating curve between basalt columns. ..
Aug 02, 2019
I’ve been away from my garden for longer than usual of late. Physically out of the area for about two weeks and too busy to engage with it for about two weeks before that due to my schedule. These absences were partly planned, partly unexpected and for a duration longer than initially expected. Vacations and trips, planned or otherwise, are commonplace—so I’m not calling that out as unusual per se. But I did find myself musing on the state of my garden when I returned this last time. ..
Jul 05, 2019
This video is a walk-n-talk through my personal garden. In it, I show you six shrubs that are looking particularly good and that have done very well for me in my Portland, Oregon, USDA zone 8 garden. It is by no means a comprehensive account of what I’m growing—more a set of informal and impromptu comments on a few plants in my back garden that seemed to raise their hand to say “pick me” as I strolled my garden that morning. ..
Jun 14, 2019
May 10, 2019
Don't blink. It goes fast this time of year. Especially when there's a spike in temps such as what we Portlanders are experiencing this week. ..
Apr 26, 2019
One of the great pleasures of working from a home-based studio is that it allows me to take quick walkabouts throughout the day to enjoy the ever-evolving happenings in my personal garden. ..
Apr 19, 2019
It's been a busy and fun week filled with lots of garden-y goodness. I'm having a blast working in my own garden. I'm taking extra care as I prepare for the summer season as I'll be welcoming scores of garden-lovers from the Northwest into my garden this June. (It'll be open on the Friday leg of the garden tours that are part of the HPSO Study Weekend.) I work best under a deadline, so this has been perfect. The bonus is that summer is only just beginning by tour time, so my husband and I will be able to enjoy it all season long. ..
Apr 12, 2019
The spring planting sprint is well underway and the race is on in my garden at home and in the client gardens we have in production. I've had my eyes open this week and this post shares some of the highlights from this week. It's a small taste, but I hope you enjoy. ..
Apr 04, 2019
While I shop for plants all times of the year (a happy hazard of my job) I shift into hyper-shopping-mode in spring as I juggle sourcing plants for multiple client projects and work on primping my personal garden for the new season. ..
Mar 22, 2019
It's a busy time of year and there's plenty of work that keeps me tied to my computer in the studio, so getting out and about to the retail nurseries, wholesale growers, and other peoples' gardens is an enjoyable must-do. Keeping my fingers on the pulse of what's looking good and keeping my eyes peeled for new plants to add to my repertoire is important—and fun, too! ..
Mar 15, 2019
I love flowers as much as the next gardener—I find the riot of spring blooms pure delight. But I’m a greedy gardener and I want more! At home, and in most of my client gardens, space is at a premium so I try to select plants that will provide enjoyment for multiple seasons—and the larger the plant, the more I expect. ..
Mar 08, 2019
In the video below, I demonstrate a process of first envisioning a planting concept based on shape, form, texture and color. After which I identify two different groups of plants for two different growing environments in order to recreate the visualized scene. ..
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