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19 September 2008| Hotel and Spa Gardens

To design something so perfect for it’s place is a true work of art. Sami Rintala and a group of students from Västlands Kunstakademie built this sauna for the town of Rosendal Village, Hardangerfjord, Norway. They describe it : A Finnish sauna room: around 90 C heat is enjoyed, especially in wintertime (-20 C outside) by sitting on wooden benches and throwing water on hot stones on the stove. Sweat and silence, mental purification and physical maintainance. A swim in cold water in between. Anchored in the middle of the...

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Local, homegrown, real food is my thing. In my spare time, I helped create a farmers market in my town – for lots of reasons, but I have to admit much of my motivation comes from a selfish desire to shop. In my professional life, I can’t overstate why I think hospitality and spa properties should start to think differently about the food chain (that is the chain by which food makes it to most of our tables) and using their resources to to feed their guests with better tasting,...

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16 September 2008| Plants

To be planning your spring display (that is if you are in the northern hemisphere). I know this picture circulated the internet a lot earlier this spring, but now is really the time to think about bulbs if you want to create something really interesting….So we are recirculating. Forced bulbs are a short sighted way to go when trying to make your hotel, spa or private landscape truly unique. Forced Bulbs (i.e. those that are available for installation in the spring…ready to bloom when you want them) are only available...

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14 September 2008| 50 Natives, Plants

I swear, the fact that Colorado is the second in our list is pure happenstance. I asked my 5 year old to pick a number between 1 and 50 and I referenced it to an alphabetical state list. Colorado is number 7. If you are from my own home state or spent any amount of time there, you will know my choice is rather cliché – but what can I say, I am a Colorado girl, I am from the most beautiful state (you can’t argue with me on this...

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13 September 2008| 50 Natives, Plants

I first discovered Trilliums at the famous Lime Walk of Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent England. There, they were stunningly planted with a variety of other spring flowering bulbs. It is worth a trip in April – May when they are in full bloom. This is a stunning shot of our Massachusetts native by Denis Collette : Wikipedia describes Trillium erectum: The Wake-robin, also known as the red trillium, purple trillium, Beth root or Stinking Benjamin, Trillium erectum, is a spring-flowering perennial plant native to the east and north-eastern areas...

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11 September 2008| Plants, Trends

Native, Natives, Natives…everyone is talking about using natives. What is a native? To try and state simply, it’s a plant that is widely considered to have grown in a region before too many people moved in and messed with things. In the USA we generally try to go back to a point prior to European contact. Demand is growing for native plants largely as a reaction to an onslaught of invasive nonnative plants that displace those that have been here for centuries but also due to the growing drum beat...

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07 September 2008| Furniture

Better than a lounge chair this easily dragged lounge bed is perfect for austere or modern beach side resorts or hotels. I would love this for an outdoor movie theater. Maybe they can make it double wide for cuddling. Easy to move, easy to adjust (with large grommets and straps to make into a backrest), easy to clean, these seem perfect for all sorts of hospitality properties.

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05 September 2008| Accessories, Materials + Tools, Trends

I have recently discovered the trove of interesting garden accessories at gardenboutique.co.uk and among all the interesting items, I am quite taken with these little pavers. Ammonites have been quite trendy in luxury interiors and now the trend can spill over into the garden as well. These are made of cast concrete and can be used as a design detail with other paving, as edging or however you see fit.

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Garden Design mood board - inspired by the exotic romance of the toad lily
04 September 2008| Design

I called the last of my Romantic Plant inspired inspiration boards “Exotic Romance” Based on the Trycirtis (or Toad Lily) which are mostly native to Asian countries like Nepal, Taiwan, China, Japan and the Philippines, they epitomize the exotic beauty of Asian style. They are similar in look to orchids but bloom in the fall and are happiest in shady woodlands (at home in New England!). Here are the the pieces that went into it…. Chinoiserie 3 or 4 Seater Bench – McKinnon and Harris (www.mcKinnonharris.com) Mercury Glass votives –...

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cow bone paving www.pithandvigor.com
02 September 2008| Materials + Tools

The international competition: ‘Best Private Plots 08 – Die besten Gärten 2008’ is being held for the third consecutive year. Awards are in recognition of newly designed gardens or for redesign of existing gardens. Checking into previous winners in 2006 and 2007 revealed some interesting inspirations….check out the pavers for this garden that won first prize in 2007. Designed by: Jane Sarah Bihr-de Salis – Landscape Architect BSLA – Kallern, Switzerland Garten Lukoschus-Dinte The gardens’ design is rooted in religious symbolism, as described by the designer: The floor surface, consisting...

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Rochelle GreayerFounder/ Editor

Rochelle Greayer runs PITH + VIGOR, an adaptive publishing project that encourages a greater connection with nature and the environment through gardening, art, design, regional food and meaningful travel. This online platform is a showcase of thoughts and ideas as well as a springboard for creative collaborations, events and classes, and a magazine. In the fall of 2014, the print version of PITH +VIGOR, was launched with a successful crowdfunding campaign. Issue 6 is currently in production. Greayer’s “Cultivating Garden Style” was published by Timber Press in the Autumn of 2014.