Design Masters, G A R D E N S, Gardens, Greenroofs, Uncategorized

New Nordic Gardens by Annika Zetterman

I am so thankful for the connections created via Instagram. It is the social media platform that has allowed me to befriend designers I have long admired and more importantly, I have been exposed to individuals with unique perspectives I would have never known without the platform. One of the individuals I am thankful for finding is Annika Zetterman, (instagram) a Landscape based out … 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

Gardens, Inspiration

Garden Inspiration – Chanticleer Gardens

I have been absent all summer from blogging, but am back with a post crammed with garden porn to make up for lost time.   In mid-October I was outside Philadelphia speaking at the Perennial Plant Conference hosted by Chanticleer Garden, Longwood Gardens, and Scott Arboretum (Swarthmore College).  Put it on your calendar next year!  The lineup of speakers was second to … READ MORE

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Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo

Today in Central Ohio the temperatures are in the teens and the landscape it an abyss of white and grey.  Since I was feeling uninspired by my surrounding- I am sure that others may be in my shoes.  Over the years I have been very fortunate to visit gardens all over North America and Europe, call it a pilgrimage or … READ MORE

decorating, G A R D E N S, gardening, Gardens, Get the Look, Inspiration, Landscape, Landscape Design, McCullough, My Work

Millstones in the Garden

Last year we completed a project that included a small water feature for the family’s dog to take a quick drink when outside. The feature needed to be low, include moving water and do the best at keeping the dog’s paws from getting soaked.  The solution we designed was an old millstone resting over river rocks with water bubbling up through … READ MORE

G A R D E N S, Garden Stores, Garden Structure, Garden Tours, gardening, Gardens, Green wall, Greenroofs, Inspiration, Landscape, Landscape Design

Case Study: Retail Embracing Green Space –Starbucks Downtown Disney

In early November, I traveled down to Orlando for the APLD 2014 International Design Conference (working on a recap post). On my last day I killed time walking around Downtown Disney before my flight home. The area is going through a phased redesign to become Disney Springs with completion in 2016. One of the new spaces already opened included Starbucks. The … READ MORE

Family Gardening, G A R D E N S, Garden Tours, gardening, Gardens, Hedge, Inspiration, Landscape, Landscape Design

Yew Dell Botanical Garden Visit

A few weeks back, the family and I had a long weekend trip to Nashville, TN. Along our drive, a much needed pit stop was timed with a visit to Yew Dell Botanical garden, just outside Louisville, KY. It was during a grey and chilly, fall day, so we had the gardens to ourselves other than the few vendors setting up for a wedding … READ MORE