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

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

G A R D E N S, Garden Tours

Twilight at Moss Mountain Farm

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Garden2Grow at P. Allen Smith’s farm in Arkansas, Moss Mountain Farm, with a group of diverse social media influencers. The event, which was organized by Allen and his team, provided us the with opportunity to discuss how we can grow connections through creative and social content, and Moss Mountain Farm provided the … 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

Perennials, Plants

Plant Crush: Aquilegia

Every September I make a plant order from Holland for us to grow in our nursery the following year. I create the list based on the plants I have seen in inspiring gardens throughout the year (either through Pinterest, traveling or reading) or just those that catch my eye in the catalog. The plants then arrive at the tail end of winter for us … READ MORE

Arrangement of the Week, Fall, G A R D E N S, gardening, Gardens, Get the Look

Arrangement of the week – October 27, 2014

I went out into the garden to stretch my legs last week and came back with a large clipping of foliage and flowers. I was able to pull together two arrangements that had two completely different hues, and then proceeded to only photograph one. Oh well.  Here is one arrangement of the purples and orange, the others was dark burgundy … READ MORE

Advice, Central Ohio, cobblestone, edging, Formal Garden, G A R D E N S, gardening, Gardens, Inspiration, Landscape, Landscape Design, McCullough, My Work, New Albany, Ohio

The Benefits of an Edge

Sometimes borders are a good thing and that includes in the garden. Edges help provide a transition between elements and can help contain gravel, mulch and turf from spreading. Besides its use for providing a barrier, edging provides an additional design element and should be considered detail. Metal edging along a gravel pathway.      Bricks on edge between turf … READ MORE

C O N T A I N E R S, Formal Garden, Garden Design Magazine, Garden Structure, gardening, Gardens, Landscape Design, My Work, Plants

Garden Design Magazine

On Tuesday evening a box of fresh off the press copies of the relaunched Garden Design Magazine arrived at my house.  I know I cannot provide a truly objective point of view since I contributed an article (page #62 ) and pretty much stop every ten minutes to confirm it is really there. But the magazine is must subscribe and great … READ MORE

gardening, Gardens, Inspiration, Landscape, Landscape Design, Landscape Photography

Dan Pearson’s Old Rectory in Gloucestershire

Awhile back I got hooked on watching garden videos featuring my favorite designers. Dan Pearson is one of those great landscape designers whom I admire for his combinations as well as his overall designs. What makes this video so amazing is the ability to place the viewer in the garden with the mixture of sounds, soft movements and multiple compositions … READ MORE