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Gardens of the High Line: Chelsea Grasslands

August 22, 2017

Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke walk us through the Chelsea Grasslands, West 18th Street to West 20th Street

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Should I build a rock garden?

October 26, 2016

Click on image to enlarge. Right-click to download and print. Not sure if you should take inspiration from the signature style of the rock garden? Joseph Tychonievich can help you decide with this helpful flowchart.

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Winter garden design

October 26, 2016

Although winter is primarily the time of year to showcase structure in the garden, this does not mean it needs to be devoid of color. Evergreens, colorful woody stems, ornamental berries, and the remnants of dry grasses and seedheads all partner together to chase away the winter blues. Enjoy the detailed “Winter Wonderland” garden design […]

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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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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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Landscape of change: Buffalo Bayou Promenade

May 19, 2015

Landscapes of Change author Roxi Thoren takes a look at the making of Buffalo Bayou, an award-winning park providing recreational opportunities as well as flood control and ecological restoration. In the middle of downtown Houston, an alligator is floating down a bayou, lazily drifting in the muddy current. A group of park visitors excitedly points […]

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5 common styles to consider when selecting garden furnishings

November 12, 2013

“When it comes to selecting garden furnishings, you can never ignore style,” writes Vanessa Nagel in The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings. Whether a designer uses only one style or a mix of several, the primary considerations should always be proportion and detail. “Consistency and harmony are essential. After all, if the line, form, […]

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Hard-wired for good design

September 10, 2010

This guest post was written by author Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD When I wrote my book, Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers, it was important to me to begin with the topic of why design is important. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart which I continue to pursue. As […]

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