Hotel Trend Coming: The Outdoor Living Room

Mondrian Hotels in general are my landscape hotels of the week.  Why? The pictures speak for themselves, but I want…

Sedge lawns to Save the Planet

Sedge lawns are a smart environmental alternative to traditional lawns.  Sedges are close botanical cousins of the conventional grasses that…

Sustainable Sites Initiative (LEED for Landscapes)

Although the comment period just ended, you can download a copy of the sustainable sites initiative here.  “Through the creation…

New York Times Micheal Cannell Agrees with Studio ‘g’- Design loves a Depression

I am not sure I got universal agreement from my previous posting about feeling optimistic even though times are getting…

Green Developments of the Future

I am captivated by the  design of a dense city center for the municipality of Gwanggyo near Seoul, Korea.   The…

Innovative ‘Lifestyle Centers’ – Let’s challenge ourselves

An interesting White Paper has been written by Karl Kalcher of MindFolio, a marketing strategy firm and published by Cornell’s…

Recycled Graffiti Plant Pots from Terracycle

Recycled Graffiti Plant Pots from Terracycle

Graffiti in the garden – We talked about it a couple weeks ago.  Now look — Terracycle, a terrific company…

Trend Alert:  Grafitti in the Garden

Trend Alert: Grafitti in the Garden

When I saw a post on Garden Visit yesterday about Kelburn Castle I confirmed a suspicion I’ve had for weeks….

Our dirty little secret — what to do with pots.

I recently read an article in a local magazine about a problem that I have myself.  What to do with…

Mimosa- color of the year 2009!

I read this morning that Pantone, the “global authority on color,” has selected Mimosa as the color of the year…

Creativity in Hard Times

This post has been a few weeks in the works…at least bouncing around in my head.   I am feeling surprisingly…

Why Hospitality and Hotel landscapes?

I always notice the landscape.  I have lived all over the place and the landscape or the products of it…

Inhospitable Hospitality

Inhospitable Hospitality

I am intrigued by the desire to build vacation places where conditions are considered unmelcoming. Is this, by necessity, the…

Trends:  Landscape Skulls?

Trends: Landscape Skulls?

It’s all over fashion…even my little people (ages 3 and 6) have clothing items with skulls, so it has to…

The Corpse Bride’s Garden Wedding

I don’t have a Gothic bone in my body (at least I don’t think so), but I think that good…

Keep it zipped….

An emerging trend? I discovered both of these within days of each other. This sculpture is by modern artist Mark…

Landscape Color Themes

There are too many choices in the plant world, and it is so easy to loose focus which is why…

50 Natives: the beginning

Native, Natives, Natives…everyone is talking about using natives. What is a native? To try and state simply, it’s a plant…

Ammonite Delight

I have recently discovered the trove of interesting garden accessories at gardenboutique.co.uk and among all the interesting items, I am…

6 Ways Hotels & Hospitality Properties Can Green Their Landscapes

6 Ways Hotels & Hospitality Properties Can Green Their Landscapes

As I look around there is an ever increasing wealth of information on how to be more carbon neutral, sustainable…

London’s Mandarin Oriental Extends Hyde Park into Hotel

London’s Mandarin Oriental Extends Hyde Park into Hotel

The Mandarin Oriental in London recently opened the ‘Park Terrace’ offering open air dining in a chic English garden setting….

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