Boxwood, cobblestone, Formal Garden, Robert Couturier

Robert Couturier’s Garden

This garden belongs to Designer Robert Couturier and his partner, architectural historian Jeffrey Morgan. The classic house rests within a equally classic garden of formal terraces and boxwoods.  The whole garden is design with structure in mind, but my favorite portion is the front entrance with the cobblestones, gravel, turf and stone walls. The mixture of surfaces add texture and … READ MORE


Planning a trip to Niagara Falls

Over the Fourth holiday we are traveling to Niagara Falls and Toronto with some friends. Even though I have lived with in 6 hours driving from the falls the majority of my life, I have never been. Of course we plan ride Maid of the Mist and enjoy all the standard tourist attractions, but we also plan a visit to the … READ MORE


Summer Entertaining – Outdoor Dining Rooms

Summer is the time for outdoor dinning. We eat most of our meals outside during the summer, except on the hottest days. There are a few standards for making sure you are ready for ourdoor dining (table and chairs), but endless options for the materials and layout. Using tall hedges surrounding the dining area allows you to feel like separate room … READ MORE


Swimming Pools and First Day of Summer

Happy first day of summer! It is a very humid and hot summer day in Central Ohio, so I am dreaming of cooling off in a pool. Here are some inspirational pools to daydream about as you crank up the AC and celebrate Summer! The rose bushes in terracotta containers help to define the pool area and the large weeping … READ MORE

Piet Oudolf, Scampston Hall

Scampston Hall

 A few weeks ago I posted about  renowned landscape designer, Piet Oudolf and mentioned that his work at Scampston Hall in the Walled Garden deserved a whole post of its own. Here it is, including the many other beautiful gardens at Scampston Hall. Scampston Hall is located in North Yorkshire, England and was originally built in 1690 for the St. Quintin family. The home … READ MORE

Agave, Boston Ivy, Gravel, Italian, Rhododendron, Steal this Look, Wisteria

Steal this Look – Rustic Italian

While searching some older magazines I came across this image of a Italian courtyard.The garden is located outside Milan Italy and does not look like a typical Italian (Tuscan) garden. I am an advocate for covering garden walls/homes with ivy and climbers to provide additional interest to your garden. Here are some details if you like this look and would like to … READ MORE


Gross Pointe – road trip part three

Finally on Saturday before heading down to Toledo, Ohio we stopped in Gross Point. I have heard about the beautiful homes in Gross Pointe for years, and the quick trip did not disappoint. The home were amazing, but the landscapes could use some improvement. I need to go back when I have more than an hour to spend walking around. … READ MORE


Mini Road Trip – Detroit (part one)

On Friday I traveled up to Detroit with the family to pick up some containers at Detroit Garden Works for a client. Since we needed to be in Toledo, Ohio the next day we made it a mini-holiday. We did not do any planning, but asked if there were any nice neighborhoods near Detroit Garden Works to walk and shop … READ MORE