Steal this (part 3) 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden show

Falling into ruins: The details that make up a garden are the pieces that set the scene. Plants are a given, they go in a garden, but how you design elements around them helps  finish the story. I have always had a weakness for ruins in the garden. I think hugging ancient stone during a…

Steal This (part 2) 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

...water features are a lifestyle choice. In the design process of the 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden show display garden, one of the concepts that was immediately given to me was a very natural water feature of tumbling rock, after all, I was working with “Mark the Pond Guy.” The rest of the garden was…

Steal this…2012 Northwest Flower and Garden show

We all know that display gardens at flower shows are a bit of theater in the midst of all that horticultural giddiness. Plant nerds almost hate to admit it (it’s all about the plants right?) but we go to the show to be entertained too. Give me an emotional response, not just a stone patio…

Re-defining Andante

It is so very close to flower show time. The Pacific Northwest is buzzing as the calendar flips to February. The buzz in my head started many months ago. I received a phone call from Mark the Pond Guy (www.markthepondguy.com) and he said he was involved in putting together one of the big display gardens this year. Would I…

Garden Resolutions

I don't make New Year's resolutions. I really tend to think about how I can better something... in manageable chunks. Not a one liner that sets me up for discouragement.   For all gardeners, hope springs eternal and thinking about what we want to do in the garden feeds that hope that continually filters through the seasons to come. As we begin the new…

Green Graffiti

Green quote of the day: "If nothing else, reuse is all about having fun. Yes, it conserves energy. Yes, it's an appropriate response to the wastefulness of our disposable times. It can even be seen as an act of sedition, undermining the status quo. But mostly, it's about having fun. We get to bring imagination…