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

My Work, Perennials

Plant ID: Amsonia

While talking plant options for our garden at home, I looked at the three varieties of Amsonia growing around our offices. I use this plant in my designs predominately for the texture of the foliage, however the flower is a strong attraction in the garden in late spring. Amsonia is the perfect plant to showcase the subtle variation between the … READ MORE

My Work

Greenhouse in the Spring

Leading up to Memorial Day weekend is our busiest planting week across all clients and projects.  The weekend follows shortly after our frost-free date, which results in a buildup in the greenhouse followed by a mass clearing out by early June. The following photos show the progression of our greenhouse over the past few weeks leading up to this week and … 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

Arrangement of the Week

In Bloom – May 4, 2016

I start each spring watching and anticipating each new bloom, watching the succession of daffodils and hellebore blooming to the burst of the foliage on trees. Now that I am surrounded by blooms and fresh greens, taking the time to walk the gardens each week and cutting blooms allows me to pause and appreciate the ever evolving selection.   Right … 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

G A R D E N S, Perennials

Beauty in Decay

Fall came quickly, but thanks to a wet spring we had some amazing fall color over an Indian summer for the past few weeks.  There is not much left in the garden in bloom, just a lot of leaves to haul back for composting. However, I love the form of the fall garden- I truly think there is beauty in decay  There are … READ MORE