Showing by category: Flower and Garden Shows

Color in the Garden – without the plants
You can always tell when people are sick and tired of winter when flashy accessories start popping up throughout the garden! This past week, while visiting Sunset Magazine's test gardens and those of the San Francisco Garden Show, I was struck by the amount of vibrant colors everywhere. And also, interestingly enough, how the color didn't necessarily come from plants but from various hardscaping elements - walls, dividers, arbors, trellises, furniture or artwork. (more…) read more
Yesterday I met my good friend Patty Craft (with Horticulture Magazine) at the National Heirloom Exposition in Sonoma, CA.  What exactly is the expo?  Their website says it best:  The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. The show runs for 2 more days, so if you're considering attending you're in luck - you still have time! (more…) read more
 I'll admit it - I haven't included annuals in a design in a long, long time. Maybe even never. I'm not talking about the drool-inducing annuals over at Annie's Annuals.  I'm talking about the tried and true (some might say 'boring') ones that have been used over and over and over again. Now, it's not because I'm a plant snob, but simply a result of living in a mild climate.  Here in Northern California, many perennials are actually semi-evergreen, and overall it's much less of a challenge to have a garden that looks fantastic year-round than it is in many read more
Last week I spent a few days with Jeanette Sinclair (of Woodside Images) in Southern California's charming little town of Santa Paula, visiting Ball Horticulture's Spring Trials to see what new treasures they had to offer the plant world. For those of you who aren't familiar with Spring Trials, Jeanette compares it to New York's Fashion Week.  And if that doesn't clarify things, then maybe their website's description will help: During the course of a week, the world's prominent plant breeders, propagation specialists, growers, marketing professionals and plant enthusiasts present, share and discuss the floriculture industry's bounty at several open read more
Many years ago I lived in San Luis Obispo, along the central coast of California, and loved visiting the tiny nearby town of Harmony.  And by tiny, I mean tiny! I found this photo the other day and it really struck home how much the word Harmony has been woven through my life since those long ago visits. The name of my garden design business is Harmony in the Garden, which is something I strive for, not only in my garden, but all aspects of my life.  It's also the impetus behind all of my designs, no matter their style. ‘ read more
Compliments of Ami Saunders, with Saunders Designs…. (more…) read more
Last week I attended Seattle's fantastic Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and was thrilled to see so many different interpretations of living walls. Here's a sneak peek - ranging from walls planted with tropicals (by far the most common), succulents, or even moss. My favorite are those using one-of-a-kind structures, using uncommon plants.  Like this delightful wall created by Judson Sullivan of Cultivar, LLC. Even the risers in between stairs are planted - sort of 'mini living walls'! read more
Okay, I know a lot of you don't use Twitter.  Many of you might think Twitter is a little weird. But did you know that I LOVE Twitter.  It's true. I looooove Twitter. It has introduced me to so many, many incredible gardeners.  Some are just the average weekend-gardener, some are professionals (landscape architects or landscape designers), some are magazine editors, some are book authors, almost all have their own personal garden blogs - but the one thing that bonds us all together is that we LOVE to talk about all aspects of gardening.  And Twitter allows us to throw read more
This is the first of several posts about the fabulous San Francisco Garden Show which I've been attending this entire week (it runs through Sunday, so if you're in the area and haven't been yet - HURRY UP!!  What are you waiting for!!) Since there's a ton of us garden writers at this show (thanks to the coordination of Laura Schaub, the show's official PR Maven), instead of writing reviews about my favorite gardens, I'll just try and capture different elements about the show that I found interesting. The first is the abundant use of metal this year.  For whatever read more