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Chevron Garden Nov 11, 2015
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines chevron as a shape, pattern or object in the form of a V or an upside-down V.  It can also be shown proudly...
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Activities for Garden Gatherings: Creating Outdoor Rooms Nov 02, 2015
To help my students understand the concept of garden rooms, I created an activity called The Pop-Up Garden.  When temperatures...
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Rendering Plant Symbols with Color Pencil Oct 08, 2015

We are currently learning about color pencil in my landscape graphics class, so I made this tutorial on rendering a plant symbol for my students....

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Activities for Garden Gatherings: Planting Design Tips Oct 05, 2015

Marie Vidmar from the beautiful state of California, emailed to ask if she could use my planting design tips for a future plant trade day she was...

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Drawing Plant Symbols Practice Sheet Sep 28, 2015

In a couple of months I'll be giving my first public workshop on landscape graphics. Since this workshop is only one of many at a larger conference...

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On-Center vs. Spread Sep 10, 2015

Each year when I teach my students about drawing plant symbols there is always confusion about what I mean by on-center vs. spread, so in...

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Bed Edge Boost Sep 01, 2015

I weeded a lot this summer and that means I had a lot of thinking time. Time to think about how the type of bed edge determined how much time I...

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Hello Mesic Prairie Jul 16, 2015

Here in the US Midwest (zones 4 & 5) our predominant native plant community is prairie (what's left of it). Rolling hills, open plains,...

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Draw Your Plants Video: Contoneaster Jul 15, 2015
In my last post I discussed how drawing your plants are a great way to learn them. It's easy for me to encourage you to try it, but I wanted to...
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Draw Your Plants to Learn Them Jun 28, 2015

As gardeners we strive to learn as many plants as possible.  We learn by weeding around them, taking photos and notes, and simply working with...

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Two Trips: Wisconsin and Georgia Jun 21, 2015
In the past couple of weeks I had the opportunity to visit two lovely states: Wisconsin and Georgia. The first is an old friend, while the latter I...
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Design at Disney Mar 30, 2015

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit Disney World for spring break.  I think I was just as excited as my kids (maybe even...

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Garden Terms: Trellis, Arbor and Pergola Mar 23, 2015

Garden design has a vocabulary all it's own and even though many of these terms are quite common, we often confuse them.  I've tried my best...

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Designing Your Garden: The Preliminary Design Mar 10, 2015
Spatial design is a wonderful way to define your garden spaces and determine planting bed locations. Luckily there is a process to lead us through...
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Designing Your Garden: Defining Structure Feb 20, 2015
This can be the most challenging, yet the most fun part of developing your spatial design. Once you create a bubble diagram to organize your...
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Designing Your Garden: Bubble Diagrams Feb 15, 2015
Designing your landscape can often feel overwhelming. The best place to start is with a bubble (or functional) diagram.  This is wonderful way...
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Three Ways to Love Your Garden Before Spring Arrives Jan 29, 2015

Once the holidays end in December, it seems that January and February can dwell on as we yearn for spring to arrive. To add a bright light to these...

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Quick Tips for Rendering a Plant Symbol in Marker Dec 02, 2014

I've been wanting to do a proper marker rendering tutorial for awhile, but haven't carved out the time, so thought I'd share a quick sketch I did...

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