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It’s time for another garden inspired by fashion, and once again, I have found something that I think is really fun by my new favorite fashion illustrator – goodyfinch at Can’t not Know. Really, almost all of my inspirations lately are coming from this amazing artist. This one is titled Christian Dior 08, and I think it […]

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A serene rooftop garden, showcasing garden design basics, features a rectangular reflective pond with aquatic plants, surrounded by tall grasses. Adjacent is a wooden deck leading to a sleek staircase. A white umbrella shades a small seating area next to another landscaped section with lush greenery.

I recently met up with a couple of my former instructors from when I attended the English Gardening School in London. Robin Templar Williams and Moira Farnham were running a design seminar at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and given they were so close to my new home (here in New England) I attended – primarily to catch up […]

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how to design your own garden

Want to know the biggest mistake I see homeowners make when they are designing their gardens?  It’s this: they always start with the plants.  I get it – the plants are fun, and the garden center is pretty, and wow! – It is so nice to imagine how these green leafy things will transform your […]

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A close up of redbud tree flowers.

Redbud trees: because sometimes, Mother Nature just wants to show off. If you need me to demonstrate, check out this video I took last spring of some redbud trees in midtown Manhattan last spring. The Manhattan Redbuds (looking like Dr. Seuss Trees) Cercis canadensis trees exhibiting cauliflory. Cauliflory is a botanical term referring to plants that […]

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A quaint purple house with a yellow front door, adorned with a flowering vine, stands proudly in the Seattle front garden. Symmetrical shrubbery lines the pathway leading to the entrance. A large central window and a smaller upper window are visible, framed by a manicured lawn on either side.

I’m simply blown away by this front yard cottage garden makeover in Seattle.  I am not sure what property values are doing in Washington, but I have to think that this garden and curb appeal makeover added way more than the average 10% value increase you can expect from improving your front garden. Before – […]

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Rocapulco white Double impatiens by proven winners - plant pairing by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com

My local Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s appear to have recently split a shipment of beautiful potted gardenias, and they both had them for sale a couple of weeks ago.  Drunk with the intoxicating scent, I impulsively bought one. In hindsight, I wouldn’t exactly have called it a great idea  – but it was only $8.99 so I […]

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