Book Recommendation, G A R D E N S, Landscape Design

A Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design by Jinny Blom

I have long been an admirer of Jinny Blom’s garden designs for the juxtaposition of feeling like they have always existed while being fresh and reflecting the current excitement in garden design. When she hinted at writing a book via Instagram early last year (@Jinny.Blom), I made a mental note to pre-order on Amazon. I am honored she accepted my request … READ MORE

Garden Tours, Inspiration, Landscape Design

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) Conference Recap, 2016 Santa Fe

As promised in my previous post of great conferences and events to attend in 2017, here my heavy pictorial recap of the 2016 Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) International Landscape Design Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This has taken longer than expected to post with image uploading issues, sorry for the delay. The conference was titled “The Art of Adaptive … READ MORE

Bulbs, Fall, G A R D E N S, Gardens, Landscape Design, Uncategorized

Daring Forms with Longfield Gardens

Last spring I shared a perennial garden design featuring alliums from Longfield Gardens (Bountiful Blooms, you can order the collection here). That was during allium bloom time. Now that it’s allium planting time, I am sharing a second design. As I’ve shared before, I use alliums frequently for their cool color palette, deer resistance and unexpected texture. The two designs … READ MORE

G A R D E N S, Garden Tours, Gardens, Landscape Design, Piet Oudolf

The Lurie Garden – Our Great Midwest Road Trip

Back in early August I had the great opportunity to speak at the Perennial Plant Association Symposium in Minneapolis.  The event aligned with the last full week of summer for our son and made it the perfect time to make the drive into a family road trip. On the drive to Minneapolis, we stopped at the Lurie Garden in downtown Chicago. Our … READ MORE

Landscape Design, Perennials

Bountiful Blooms with Longfield Gardens

The National Garden Bureau has designated 2016 as the year of the allium! To celebrate, I have partnered with Longfield Gardens to design two perennial boarders highlighting the unique spring explosion of these rounded blooms.  I frequently include allium bulbs in my perennial border designs for their color, which goes with my typical cool palette, deer resistance, and unexpected texture. … READ MORE

Landscape Design, My Work

How to Train an Espalier

Over the pas few years, we have planted our share of espaliers trees. For our projects, I prefer to use established trees, with about 18-24 inch root balls. This gives us a tree that is already established in its form, still allows us to plant close to a wall and provides the client with instant gratification of an established tree at a good value. … READ MORE

Landscape Design

Using Barn Foundation Stone in the Landscape

Earlier in July, we visited Malabar Farms in Lucas, Ohio. The farm’s claim to fame is the home of Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize winner author and the location of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding.  Besides these notable characteristics, Bromfield and Malabar are notable for pioneering sustainable agriculture practices.  The farm is now a State Park, with miles of trails, … READ MORE

Design Masters, G A R D E N S, Landscape Design

Masters of Design: Anthony Paul

      “The way a garden sits in its landscape is my main concern. I sometimes feel that I fill in the foreground like a stage, and the background is done by a far bigger hand than mine…” –  Anthony Paul,   Website:  http://www.anthonypaullandscapedesign.com/ all photo are located there Recognized style:  Contemporary design of restrained, natural perennial plantings which enhance … READ MORE