Category Archives: Design Inspiration

Plum Crazy: The Late Spring Garden

The woodland garden is quieting down; trout lilies, hellebores and epimedium are now setting seed.  In the meantime, the rest of the garden has just about caught up as the last of the leaves unfurl. Wisteria is always late, the … Continue reading

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Insect Hotels–Design Inspiration

Going to the NW Flower & Garden Show yesterday recharged my gardening batteries. Inspiration was everywhere, but mostly in the people I met and those I reconnected with.  Landscapers, horticulturists, welders, sculptors, painters–artists all, whose ingenuity and skillful craft lit … Continue reading

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The Spot for Garden Art–Design Inspiration

This summer on my way to a meeting, I fell upon something fabulous and inspirational.  I am always moved by outdoor spaces where its obvious the creator is both artist and gardener.  In this case, the home and garden that … Continue reading

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James Kelsey Studios Art Sale September 22 & 23, 2012

Garden tours are a popular way to spend a weekend day in the summer.  This year alone, I’ve been on three, each time coming away with inspiration and respect for other people’s talents and accomplishments. Recently I have noticed that … Continue reading

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Stellar Plant Combo–Silver & Gold Foliage

“Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold.” I have a thing for plants with yellow foliage–they bring a contrasting verve to any planting, and as a result, perk up the appearance of a … Continue reading

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Garden Memories–New Orleans Style

New Orleans is a different kind of place in a country where anymore towns look no different than the make up of their strip mall stores.  Amidst all the homogenization of American culture, New Orleans, like a few other old, … Continue reading

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Contain yourself! Terrariums made with Found Objects

The terrarium craze started picking up steam several years ago and is now THE THING in container gardening.  How fabulous it is to see this art form coming back with a fresh spin.  Last month’s NW Flower and Garden Show … Continue reading

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Garden Show Inspiration from Chelsea–Perennial Bookworm

Best Garden Design: Practical Inspiration from the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.  Chris Young, 2010.  Firefly Books, 224 pages, 9.5 x 7.8”, $35.00 (hardcover). Has the Northwest Flower & Garden Show fired you up to start working on your … Continue reading

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Recycled Glass that Rocks!

Do you like to make things?  Are you on the lookout for interesting garden art? Do you use salvaged materials?  If so, you ought to know about Bedrock Industries inSeattle. Always worth the ferry trip, a visit to Bedrock stirs … Continue reading

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The Firepit–Essential Landscape Feature

Two landscape essentials in the PNW: covered porch and firepit.  Luckily, our home came with a wrap around deck for enjoying the outdoors even when it’s raining.  We added a propane firepit and sundeck years ago and while the sundeck … Continue reading

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