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An Up North Theme Garden Feb 09, 2017

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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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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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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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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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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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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The Black Border Jun 25, 2014

While visiting Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa, I had the pleasure of stumbling across one of their annual displays, the black border. It is a lovely,...

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The Wellie Rain Garden Feb 01, 2014

When I wrote my post on rain gardens, I thought it would be fun to use my theme garden design process to add a little more...

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A Rain Garden Jan 01, 2014

A rain garden is a planting area that captures runoff from rain that falls on roofs, driveways or yards. They help create landscapes that are both...

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A Dog Friendly Garden Sep 01, 2013

Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting a stunning Iowa garden dedicated to the owner's four-legged friends. When I swung open the ornate...

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