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I'm a former rocket scientist turned garden designer (on TV and IRL). 
Yes, seriously. 
I'm also and author, entrepreneur and activist who thinks she can help save the planet (and make it a whole lot prettier) by teaching everyone a little something about landscape design. 


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Beautiful Berries - 7 Shrubs for flower arranging Viburnum Brandywine

Right, let’s talk about types of berries. Not the kind you eat, but the kind that provide tiny little details to the garden, that feed wildlife, that look beautiful in flower arrangements, and make for excellent floral cuttings. I’ve evolve quite a few favorites over the years. Berry shrubs, along with good foliage shrubs are […]

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A complete plan for a flower cutting garden with cheryl parker

By CHERYL PARKER I’ve grown a cutting garden for three years. Every year I dream of sitting down on a cold wintry day by the fire with catalogs and a sketchpad to layout my garden plans. Yet somehow each year winter comes and goes, and I find myself standing in my local nursery planning in […]

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willow arbour arbor

Guests are usually surprised when I tell them that our willow arbor only cost $35. Back in 2005, I spent $8 plus shipping for four hybrid willows…

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I first met Kenton Seth when he and I worked together on a story for the print edition of PITH + VIGOR. At the time, matrix gardening and matrix planting were very new terms and I had no idea what the fuss was all about (and tbh, as you will read below, Kenton was just […]

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I have been wanting to experiment with willow whips for making planted garden features like tunnels, walls and fun things that the kids might enjoy.  (check out this living arbor tutorial) But this living design by Godefroy de Virieu (the same guy behind the BacSac) has simply taken my breath away. The plant matrix is […]

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Meadow Agave, Allium sphaerocephalon & Nassella tenuissima agave meadow by michelle drviss via www.pithandvigor.com

I never get tire of this plant combo. Design trends come and go, but I’ve been inspired by this perfect plant pairing and gorgeous image for over a decade. ‘The Garden of Contrast’, was created by James Van Sweden and Sheila Brady. You can visit it yourself at Cornerstone Gardens in California. Michelle Derviss at […]

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