Category Archives: Design Inspiration

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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James Kelsey Studios–Design Inspiration

I love having a sculptor as a nearby neighbor in this rural area.  As I drive by, I can check out the latest 15’ abstract art piece towering over a stand of bamboo on my way to the ferry dock, … Continue reading

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Molly Ward Gardens–Fine Dining & Gorgeous Gardens

Strolling a garden with a glass of champagne…is there anything better?  Whenever my husband and I go to Molly Ward Gardens we plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of our dinner reservation.  We park, head into the old Barn converted … Continue reading

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Design Inspiration from New Orleans

Love to walk through neighborhoods in New Orleans and take in the homes and yards.  It’s such an eclectic town, garden style not withstanding.  People’s personalities shine through in their plots and character oozes from this, one of America’s oldest … Continue reading

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Display Gardens Under Construction

You wouldn’t think that February would be the busiest time of the year for landscapers, nurserymen and garden designers here in chilly Washington, but then you’re probably not thinking about the effort it takes to produce the Northwest Flower & … Continue reading

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