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Labeling a Landscape Plan in Illustrator Nov 08, 2016

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 Oct 21, 2016

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 Sep 19, 2016

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 Sep 06, 2016

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 Jul 16, 2016

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 Jul 02, 2016

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 Jun 13, 2016

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 Jun 04, 2016

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 May 27, 2016

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 Apr 09, 2016

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 Apr 04, 2016

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 Mar 22, 2016
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 Feb 21, 2016
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 Feb 13, 2016

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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My Sketchbook Feb 09, 2016

I always carry a sketchbook with me.  It's my place to capture ideas...whether in words or images.  I started this quest to save my...

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Narrowing Down Your Plant Choices Jan 30, 2016
You've decided where to place your new planting bed, what size it should be and now you face the ominous task of choosing the plants that go inside...
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Cut and Paste Garden Jan 09, 2016

A fun way to approach planting design is to visualize your garden in elevation (looking at your garden as if you were standing in front of it)....

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Garden Doodle Sheets Dec 13, 2015

Garden design can be intimidating when we don’t know where to start, so let me help you tiptoe into this beautiful new world. I’ll...

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