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Design

Weeds and the ecological garden

July 20, 2016

Garden Revolution co-author Larry Weaner on how weeding can be a help and a hindrance in the garden. Old habits are hard to break. While I enjoy working with clients who are horticulturally knowledgeable, at times they are hesitant to carry out the horticulturally “wrong” techniques that I recommend, even when they require less work. […]

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An interview with Katie Jackson of Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture

June 17, 2016

With Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture, author Katie Jackson wants to help you create the perfect outdoor space with furnishings you build yourself. In this post, she offers advice on how to get started.

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What plants contribute to interior design

May 27, 2016

Plants provide more than a decorative touch to the indoor environment. The Manual of Interior Plantscaping author Kathy Fediw explains how they bring people together, help them relax, and create an environment for cooperation and collaboration. Indoor plants play an important role in interior design. They bring in a living element that is portable, growing, […]

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Harvesting rainwater in the Southwest garden

March 25, 2016

Growing the Southwest Garden author Judith Phillips on the importance and practicality of harvesting rainwater in dry climates.

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Wallpaper of the garden: Bark

February 12, 2016

Plants with Style author Kelly Norris shares some of his favorite tree and shrub bark design ideas for all-season interest.

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Art and the design process

November 24, 2015

From Art to Landscape author W. Gary Smith shows how art informed two gardens by the celebrated designer Conrad Hamerman. I visited Conrad Hamerman, my design teacher from my undergraduate years, to talk about his west Philadelphia garden, which is bordered by a painted wooden fence with angular lines that look like they emerged from […]

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The inspired landscape: How one landscape architect fueled the creative process

November 13, 2015

In The Inspired Landscape, author Susan Cohen details the creative process of 21 leading landscape architects. Here, she reveals how Cornelia Oberlander’s VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre came to be. For the technologically advanced VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor’s Centre project, Cornelia Oberlander sought and found inspiration in pictures and stories from historical books in her […]

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What makes a designed plant community different (and why it matters)

October 7, 2015

To create resilient landscapes, write Planting in a Post-Wild World authors Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, focus on a plant’s ecological performance rather than its country of origin. A designed plant community is a translation of a wild plant community into a cultural language. Why do plant communities need translating? Practicality, for one thing—urban and […]

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Lessons from Chanticleer Garden: Using bulbs for maximum impact

September 23, 2015

The Art of Gardening co-author Eric Hsu shares how bulbs are used to stunning effect at Chanticleer Garden. Bulbs, like tropicals, are essential for the outsized floral expression that is quintessentially Chanticleer. Generally adaptable and colorful, hardy bulbs feature prominently throughout the garden, concentrating colors in sections. Despite being less easy to place, summer- and […]

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9 advantages of gardening with self-seeders

September 2, 2015

9 good reasons to consider Cultivating Chaos. Traditional gardening has worked successfully for centuries, so why would you want to change the way you have always gardened? This is a legitimate question, but times have changed and so have our ideas and desired outcomes for gardens. Here are some of the advantages of gardening with […]

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