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My Theme Garden Design Process (+ a Knitting Garden!)

Over twenty years ago, while studying landscape architecture, I was asked to develop a concept for my first landscape design. I struggled...

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Don't Sideline Your Sideyard

Most residential landscapes include a front yard, backyard and the side yards that connect the front and back. Each of these spaces have their...

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Mystery in the Garden
 

Were you ever compelled to walk down a path to see where it led or go through a beautiful gate to see what was on the other side?...

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Rhythm in the Garden

Last weekend marked two musical firsts for my younger kids. My 16-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son attended their first concerts. Both...

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The Components of a Fence

Garden design is about creating outdoor spaces. To make an outdoor space or room think about how you can define it through the addition of a floor,...

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How to Unify Your Landscape

Though some of us may have an empty yard when we start our garden design, most do not.  I receive many questions about how to work with...

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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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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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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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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 Doodle Sheets

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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Bed Edge Boost

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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Designing Your Garden: The Preliminary Design
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
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
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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