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08 The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

See all the 2017 Gift Guide Entries 08 The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden by Johanna Silver (Author), Marion Brenner (Photographer) If you truly want to know and understand a garden, you need to walk the garden with the owner, the creator, the designer or the head gardener. They can show […]

Inexpensive DIY Wall Decor Ideas and Crafts via DIY Home Decor Guide

Some great ideas for dressing up your home and garden both inside and outside. — Douglas   Refresh your home with something new and cute this summer. I am going to share some very creative and inexpensive DIY wall decor ideas. I will tell you today that how you could dress up your walls with […]

Garden Decor: Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table via Instagram

Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table I walked to the library to pick up this book and grab a coffee this afternoon. Farm Table provides a nice place to grab an Americano and snack on the way back (They have some nice full meals, too)   Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges/Trees from Garden of Eva

I see so many bad hedging choices made here in Los Angeles, so when our new neighbors wanted to plant a hedge, I found this article on non-traditions and perhaps better choices. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus Benjamina are not the solution. Whenever a client asks about installing a hedge they’re usually thinking of planting […]

Cute Cactus Cup Display via Instagram

Cute Cactus Cup Display Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Show & Sale 2017 (lacactus.com) Spent an hour or so at the show on Saturday checking out all the great vendors and plants. Follow A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges via A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies

Our new neighbors want to plant a hedge between the houses, so I went off and did some research of some of the best hedge plants for Southern California. There is a lot of great information in this article. Give it a read before you plant your new hedge. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus […]

Finally, a new fence in the garden!

We have wanted to replace the broken-down wooden fence on our north property line almost since we moved in 20 years ago, but for a variety of reasons we were never able to make it happen. This week though a young couple became our new neighbors and a new fence was one of the first […]

Serene Photos Highlight the Tranquil Beauty of 100 Japanese Gardens via My Modern Met

I don’t think I have the patience to develop my own Japanese-style garden, but I do LOVE looking at them and walking within them. If you are looking for great ideas you can incorporate into your own gardens, check out these photos. They provide some amazing examples. — Douglas   Read Serene Photos Highlight the […]

Ask the Expert: How to Use Plants for Privacy in a City Garden via Gardenista

“Good fences make good neighbors,” said Robert Frost, but it doesn’t mean that a fence is the only way to gain some privacy on your property. Sometimes a good hedgerow is often better. It is certainly more beautiful. It provides wildlife habitat and it can be molded and shaped according to your whim. In this […]

In the Japanese Garden

Follow A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook In the Japanese Garden A lantern sits beside a path in this Japanese Garden in Pasadena, California   * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! Read more on this topic: […]