The Blue Garden - Newport, RI Garden Tour from Thinking Outside the Boxwood G A R D E N S, GARDEN DESIGN, Garden Tours

Garden Tour – The Blue Garden

Part three of my garden tours through Rhode Island brings us to the famous Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr. designed Blue Garden. This garden owes its significance from its original patroness, Harriet Parsons James, Olmsted’s vision and its contemporary savior, Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton. The story of how this garden was rehabilitated from its long hidden original form is awe inspiring. I have … READ MORE

Advice

Great Garden Videos – Nowness

I love watching garden videos, not gardening how-to, but garden experience videos. My favorite videos allow you to see the movement and life of the garden and include narration by the garden’s creator.  I am constantly getting lost in rabbit holes on youtube, mainly during the winter months when I am craving anything having to do with gardens. The other … READ MORE

Year four- Boxwood Growth over Time. Planted in 2014 to be a table top design outside the greenhouse. Variety: Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ planted on 2" centers. From Thinking Outside the Boxwood Advice, My Work

Boxwood Growth over Four Years

Back in 2011 I blogged about how long it takes boxwood to grow into a hedge. Being able to showcase the years of growth require me remembering to photograph the boxwood every year for a prolong period. I found another project where over the course of four years I have the grow documented. So here is an update of Boxwood … READ MORE

C O N T A I N E R S

Container Design: Experiment with BIG FOLIAGE

From my experience container designs are the best areas to experiment with plant combinations. You have control over soil, watering and fertilization in a finite area. Also with seasonal plantings, you can play with plants of different hardiness.  On our driveway we have a large aluminum trough on wheels that this year was the first time planting.  We think it … READ MORE

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