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Mix and Match Patio

Landscape design is about creating outdoor spaces. This seems simple enough, but sometimes we get caught up in the details and don't know where to...

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North Arrows

One of the many benefits of teaching is the constant inspiration from my students. Lately I've been noticing some lovely north arrows on their...

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An Up North Theme Garden

Many of you know that I love theme gardens and especially enjoy helping others develop them too. Several years ago I created a fun and simple...

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Elevation to Plan

One of the best ways to design is to draw your ideas in elevation, especially when making a composition of plants. This allows you to visualize the...

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Labeling a Landscape Plan in Illustrator

A wonderful way to combine hand-drawn landscape plans with digital means is to use the one-two punch of Photoshop and Illustrator.  In my last...

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Editing a Landscape Plan in Photoshop

l love hand-drawing my landscape plans when time allows, but using pen with a dash of color pencil or marker adds a slight bit of nervousness. If...

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The Gardens of Santa Fe

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Professional Landscape Designer's (APLD) annual conference in Santa Fe, New...

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Creating a Color Palette From a Theme

I love color in the garden, but often feel overwhelmed when trying to make choices.  One way to narrow down your color focus is to choose a...

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Tools to Draw Your Landscape Plans

Each year I provide a suggested list of supplies to my students for our fall landscape graphics course. This list is often accompanied by questions...

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Garden Stripes

As we approach the fourth of July here in the US with all the patriotic colors and symbols that accompany it I began thinking about how these are...

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Plant and Ground Shadows

Having good contrast on a landscape plan makes it easier to read. One way to add contrast is to include shadows on plants (and...

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Marker Swatch Sheets

In the last few weeks I've received several questions about how to choose colors when rendering a landscape plan in marker. In response to your...

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Our Irish Wanderings

Ireland truly is a magical place. We've been back in the states about a week now, but our hearts still long for the rolling hills, enchanting...

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Salt and Pepper Planting Design

A few years ago I had the opportunity to present at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival in Orlando, Florida. An amazing...

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Garden Triangles

I enjoy connecting patterns seen in fashion to garden design, so when my daughter purchased a pair of socks covered in triangles I began my search...

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Garden Doodle Sheets: Circles
Grab a pen and explore different ways you might design the spaces below. Try different plant symbols, ground textures and hardscape...
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Curvilinear Preliminary Design
About a year ago I did a series of posts that showcased three parts of the design process. For those that struggle with how to start their...
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Garden Hearts

Since February is the month of love I thought it would be fun to go on a garden heart scavenger hunt. Some of my finds are below and many more can...

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