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Venus Fly trap inspired garden design mood board
02 September 2008| Design

As promised last week, here is the first of the ‘other’ two inspiration boards for gardens related to romantic flowers…. (The first being inspired by the Magnolia and the other inspired by the Toad Lily) Dangerous Romance. Inspired by the movie “The Little Shop Of Horrors” and the Venus Fly trap who eats its prey, I went for a slightly campy, slightly Victorian feel.  Romance doesn’t always come in a sweet and syrupy package.  Sometimes it is a bit more acerbic and edgy.  Here are all the sources for the...

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31 August 2008| Plants

Relocating to New England from England about four years ago seemed, at the time, (and often still does) like the landscape equivalent of a chef moving from Paris to Poughkeepsie. More than anything, I get frustrated by the overuse of a relatively small palette of plants. The primary target of my irritation is the rhododendron. At first I vowed to never use them, rip them out at every opportunity and speak with every grower about the need to diversify. But with time, I have have remembered that at Kew Gardens...

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Design New England Cover
27 August 2008| Design

A few months back I was asked by the lovely editors at “Design New England” Magazine to be involved in creating their ‘selections’ section that would be focusing on the landscape. The brief was interesting….Using a “romantic” plant or flower as inspiration suggest various landscape elements that you would incorporate into an outdoor room…. Not having done this before, and knowing also that they had also asked a couple other designers to do the same, I panicked. Thinking that there are only so many “romantic” flowers, what if the other...

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26 August 2008| Design

I must share with you this excellent inspiration board that our own Emily did. She imagined it as a rooftop garden but but it could be applied to a courtyard or lounge. With this posting I want to invite you, our readers, to send us your inspiration boards for gardens. Send us something and we will post it here with our own boards. Make sure you tell us a little about yourself and the place you are designing for. (Send them here info@greayer.com)

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25 August 2008| Materials + Tools

Bamboos are a huge design trend but installation can quickly become prohibitively expensive as running bamboos need to be contained and that involves root barriers. I just came across this product, the DuPont™ GreenVista® Root Barrier and according to the manufacturer, it is “a new and unique product that creates an impenetrable vertical barrier to contain a plant’s root system. It is made of a technically-advanced flexible fabric that is tough enough to contain even the most aggressive root systems. Now you can ensure that you have only planned growth...

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23 August 2008| Garden Travel, Lighting

I found them!….the pictures of the unique landscape lights at Tivoli gardens in Copenhagen. The posting the other day about the ‘lotus lights’ reminded me of these. Real thought was put into each one to make sure that not only are they sculptural and purposeful as garden planters during the day, but at night the effect that they create is somewhat unexpected. Please forgive the terrible night photography, but you get the idea. At night, the structure faded into the darkness and all you saw where the little round globes...

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20 August 2008| Garden Travel

Mac Carbonell created The Flowerbox Building on the lower east side of NYC in 2007. It is a remarkable inspiration particularly for any building that could use a little push when it comes to creating landmark status. Study this building and imagine it without the plants – nice windows, but fairly unremarkable architecture (as urban buildings go) but with the planters and plants it is simply show stopping. Hospitality properties, particularly urban ones and particularly those that occupy existing architecture can struggle to differentiate their building among all others and...

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hospitatlity and hotel garden - 6 ways that hotels can green their landscapes
11 August 2008| Trends

As I look around there is an ever increasing wealth of information on how to be more carbon neutral, sustainable and generally more responsible to the earth. There is a lot to sort through and not every idea is universally applicable. Thinking about sites that have specific uses and unique challenges I thought I would propose a list of landscape suggestions that can help hotels, restaurants, resorts and other mixed use hospitality properties think about changes they can make in their landscapes to better serve the environment and the bottom...

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aluminum bamboo planter from inner gardens
05 August 2008| Accessories, Design, Regency

It is so rare that garden containers make me take the little gasp of air that implies my immediate recognition of something special. Inner Gardens has a beautiful collection of antiques and a visit to their website is always inspiring but when I saw this planter I immediately imagined the glamorous space that would surround it. Take a look at the inspiration boards that we came up with. Boudoir Pink Garden — I imagine a Girlie Spa – beach side…with my friends….sipping bellinis Or another idea…a sleek sophisticated black and...

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mandarin oriental hyde park terrace garden

The Mandarin Oriental in London recently opened the ‘Park Terrace’ offering open air dining in a chic English garden setting. By all accounts it is well received in an ongoing trend to reinforce a sense of place and help guests connect with it. The hotel says it has worked closely with the Royal Parks’ landscape gardeners to ensure the design of the restaurant is in keeping with its Hyde Park surroundings. The area adjacent to the property is currently undergoing major development to add 80 luxury residences, complete with leisure...

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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.