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. This summer has been a roller coaster of excitement, panic, energy, exhaustion, confidence and doubt - all stemming from co-authoring my first book.  While I've always wanted to write a book, I never thought it would really happen. But earlier this year everything changed when Roger Waynick at Cool Springs Press contacted Susan Morrison and me to see if we'd be interested in writing Garden Up! together. . From the moment we said 'Yes', handed our ticket to the [read more]
. When I was a small child, my grandfather used to say "Easter time is the time for eggs, and the time for eggs is Easter time!"  That was one of my favorite of his funny little sayings. While hiding Easter eggs for her younger cousins, my daughter (whose really taken an interest in photography lately) grabbed her camera and snapped some pictures of her favorite hiding places. Enjoy! . . (more…) [read more]
I must have walked around this show for hours, snapping photos of all the gardens because when I came home I had close to 800 pictures!  One thing I noticed was that I tend to take pictures of small portions of the gardens which really caught my eye.  I rarely have a photo of the entire garden.  It must be how I see things, one segment at a time.  Sometimes it's the small details of a garden which, taken as [read more]
Warning:  This is not your grandmother's typical garden shop.   Welcome to Artefact Design and Salvage, located at the Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma, California, and it's just the thing to clear out the cobwebs of winter and kick-start your imagination!   (more…) [read more]
It's January here in Northern California and today I ate the first (of many) oranges off my 'Washington Navel' tree.... I LOVE that first, sweet-with-a-faint-hint-of-sour-taste the season's first orange gives me...I look forward to it all year, beginning in late Spring when my garden is literally blanketed with the scent of it's heavenly the Fall when it's green 'tennis-balls' start to January, when everything in the garden seems so dreary and all I have to [read more]
Whenever I begin a new design, at some point early in the design process I like to invite the new client to my garden so they can 1) get a first-hand look of my own, personal favorite style of gardening, and 2) identify the plants they like/dislike for their own garden.  It's also a great way to get them excited and to start thinking about the details of their project. And while I do take pride in showing my garden [read more]
My husband loves our garden, but he's not really interested in gardening in our garden.  He's more of an 'observer' than a 'do-er'.  That's okay with me because, personally, I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to be married to another garden designer and have to share my garden.  I remember reading an article about this once- two designers were married and literally divided their garden in half so they could each design with their own individual styles.  Uggh!! [read more]