Category: Public Gardens

The High Line Garden in Autumn high line autumn

The High Line Garden in Autumn

Last November, my daughter and I took a spontaneous trip to New York to visit the High Line garden again – only this time in autumn.  While visiting a garden in the spring and summer is magical, there’s something about a fall garden that grabs my soul.  Perhaps it’s the perennials taking their sweet time […]

The Fall Garden in NYC’s Little Island

The Fall Garden in NYC’s Little Island

Have any of you heard of the Little Island garden before?  Well, I sure hadn’t, so imagine my surprise when I quite literally stumbled upon this breathtaking fall garden that appeared to float in the Hudson River! A few weeks ago, my daughter, Emily, and I took a quick trip to New York City.  It’s […]

Adding Height with Flowering, Towering Plants Adding height with flowering, towering plants

Adding Height with Flowering, Towering Plants

I can’t get enough of tall, flowering, towering plants, whether they’re perennials, grasses, or shrubs.  In fact, when wandering through a nursery or reading a garden magazine, the words ‘oversized variety’ is my kryptonite. I just can’t resist any variety that grows taller than the others.  I love walking outside and feeling embraced (and even […]

Rosemary in the Garden 'Mozart' rosemary

Rosemary in the Garden

A designer once told me she never plants rosemary in her garden because it’s too common. Huh?

Of course, everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not planting something just because it’s common? 

Personally, I happen to LOVE rosemary in the garden and incorporate it into as many designs as I can.  

Whether it’s the upright ‘Tuscan Blue,’ mid-size ‘Mozart’ (in the photo, left) or the groundcover ‘Prostratus’ (and everything in between,) I can’t get enough of this plant.

It’s an especially treasured plant for those of us who share our gardens with marauding deer, rabbits, and gophers, as the highly aromatic leaves tend to repel them.

At the same time, because of its long bloom time, it’s a bee magnet (mason bees, honey bees, and bumblebees) as well as hummingbirds, and butterflies. 

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 2 creating winter interest garden

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Creating Winter Interest in the Garden (if you missed Part 1, click here.) I recently walked through a new client’s garden, where she kept apologizing for its appearance.  She was afraid it was too early in the year for me to really get a clear picture of what it usually […]

Succulent People of the San Diego Botanic Garden

Succulent People of the San Diego Botanic Garden

While spending the day at the San Diego Botanic Garden, my favorite moment was walking around the corner and discovering I was in the middle of a party with life-sized Succulent People. Pat Hammer (who was also the Botanic Garden’s Director of Operations,) is the genius behind these incredible works of art.  She even made […]

Why you should visit the Japanese Tea Garden in the dead of winter

Why you should visit the Japanese Tea Garden in the dead of winter

There’s something pretty special about visiting a garden in the dead of winter. Why?  Because in the winter, a well-designed garden allows one to get a peek behind the curtain, to study the bare-bones of a garden.  The curtain, of course, being the attention-grabbing flowers of spring and summer. San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden just […]

The Sacramento Historic Cemetery’s Native, Perennial, & Rose Gardens

The Sacramento Historic Cemetery’s Native, Perennial, & Rose Gardens

I can’t believe it, but I’m coming up on the 2nd year anniversary since moving up north to Granite Bay from the Bay Area.  During the past two years, I’ve been having so much fun touring lots of public and private gardens in the area. It seems like a lot of my favorite gardens are […]

Visiting Chihuly’s Garden and Glass

Visiting Chihuly’s Garden and Glass

After spending several days at Seattle’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, with all the glorious display gardens and spring blooms around every corner, I was feeling pretty antsy for spring to finally arrive.  It’s been a whopper of a winter, and while I’m not complaining,  I must say, I’m feeling pretty starved for garden tours […]

Takeaways from the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Takeaways from the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

I recently returned from a fantastic whirlwind week in Seattle, where my mother and I attended the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. In between my presentations, including a riveting ‘Container Wars’ challenge (yes, that’s me showing off my blue ribbon!!) I had plenty of time to wander through this year’s display gardens, the theme being […]

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