Category Archives: Design Inspiration

THANK YOU, CLASS ATTENDEES!

Thanks a bunch to those of you who joined me for my zoom class “It’s all in the Design: The Low-Maintenance Garden” last week. I hope that my 5 key concepts for designing a landscape that won’t run your life … Continue reading

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Reminder: LANDSCAPE DESIGN CLASS NOVEMBER 4, 2020

We all say we want one, but what is a low-maintenance garden anyway? In this one hour class on Zoom, Colleen will share 5 key concepts for designing a landscape that won’t run your life.  Looking to make your existing … Continue reading

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN CLASS NOVEMBER 4, 2020

We all say we want one, but what is a low-maintenance garden anyway? In this one hour class on Zoom, Colleen will share 5 key concepts for designing a landscape that won’t run your life.  Looking to make your existing … Continue reading

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Homemade Hose Guides

I have an open, ground-level bed in my vegetable garden, where I rotate corn with other crops, and it needs protection from the sweeping and crushing effects of the watering hose.  I had been using rebar scraps for that purpose–crude … Continue reading

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Inspiration Rocks!

Since our shelter at home orders began, our peaceful and appealing neighborhood road has seen more walkers and joggers than ever. I frequently walk to the beach for good exercise, but I also find it meditative. A stroll quiets the … Continue reading

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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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