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March 21, 2019 Gardening, Landscape Design, Plants

Last weekend, at the St. Clair County Master Gardeners Conference, I was one of four speakers. All were experts in their fields and I took lots of notes while listening to them. [caption id="attachment_6794" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Jacqueline van der Kloet-cottage-gardens.com[/caption]…

Artistry in Puerto Vallarta

March 8, 2019 Flowers, Landscape Design, Travel

[caption id="attachment_6777" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Mussaendra frondosa (Flag Bush)[/caption] I’ve just returned from a week in Paradise, otherwise known as Puerto Vallarta, a welcome respite from gray days and cold temperatures. Sunny skies every day, beautiful sunsets, delicious food, and the…

Here’s to The High Line

Next time you have a drink, alcoholic or non, raise your glass to The High Line and to those who envisioned what elevated but abandoned railroad tracks could become. Niki and I paid tribute last Thursday, Valentine’s Day, by walking…

GOD’S TAKE ON LAWNS

[caption id="attachment_6739" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Perfectly striped lawn[/caption] In my book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, I discuss the fact that at too many homes, the default landscape is lawn. It is supposedly easier to…

The Impact of Orange

January 24, 2019 Gardening, Perennials

[caption id="attachment_6720" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Solar by Rosenthal[/caption] Back in the early 60’s, Danish Modern furniture and décor was all the rage.  As engaged couples do, Niki and I chose a china pattern called Solar and put it on our wedding…

Are Natives Misunderstood?

[caption id="attachment_6710" align="aligncenter" width="459"] Asclepias incarnata in prairie[/caption] After reading an article by Amanda Thompson in one of the green industry magazines to which I subscribe, I feel the need to discuss what it means to grow native plants. Growing…

Are Plants Sociable?

At the beginning of the week, I was in Toronto to speak at Landscape Ontario, a combination of huge trade show and several educational courses. The speaker before me on Tuesday was Thomas Rainer who authored a book with Claudia…