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Garden History: “Willowmere,” Rear Admiral Aaron Ward house, 435 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn Harbor, New York (LOC)

One element I see in many older gardens is the concept of “massing” large numbers of a particular plant in one area. This is true of any garden, of course. Planting one or two specimens leaves them looking a bit forlorn, but planting 10, 20 or 30 of them gives them and edgy and a […]

Video: Frieda’s Garden on Fullerton Beautiful’s 2013 Garden Tour (17 videos)

Frieda, from Frieda’s Garden on YouTube has just posted a host of videos from her day at Fullerton Beautiful’s 2013 Garden Tour. I am working my way through the videos, but what I have seen so far looks quite amazing. Join Frieda as she tours some of the finest gardens Orange County, California has to […]

Garden Decor: Decorative Garden Trellis become a Tuteur (garden tower)

Decorative Garden Trellises become a Tuteur (garden tower) A great reuse/upgrade for the standard trellis you find in most garden and home stores. Spray paint in your favorite color, then wire them together upside down from their usual orientation. I am thinking I could even find a decorative pot or other “topper” to crown the […]

Garden Decor: Japanese Garden Water Fountain

Japanese Garden Water Fountain A lovely and heavily naturalized Japanese fountain. I love the way it fits in the garden and the contract between the dark stone and light-colored bamboo. There is another form of fountain that I also like called a “deer scare.” These fountains use the water to tip a piece of bamboo […]

Garden History: “Villa Sciarra,” George Wurts house, via Calandrelli, Rome, Italy. (LOC)

What is there so special about overarching trees, even relatively young one’s like these. There is a sense of protection, enclosure and peacefulness. It is almost like the trees are keeping the dangerous outside world…outside. Of course, the wolves can always get through the woods, if they wish, bit as humans we still feel enclosure […]

Elsewhere: How Low Can Hedges Go? Discover Unusual Garden Borders from Houzz.com

How Low Can Hedges Go? Discover Unusual Garden Borders Read more on this topic: Elsewhere: Terra Cotta Garden Bed Borders Elsewhere: Great article and examples of using astilbe in your garden from Houzz.com Interesting articles from Houzz.com – Grasses, ornamental trees and raised beds Pinterest: Great Design Plant: Paperbark Maple from Houzz.com Video: Beautiful and […]

Garden Decor: Tolkein-esque Garden Door

A lovely Tolkein-esque door spotted on Pinterest Source: bing.com viaHana on Pinterest   Read more on this topic: Video: What Douglas Dug…Show 006 – Gates, structures, walls and more! Video: What Douglas Dug… Show 002 – Podcast What Douglas Dug… Show 003 Video: In the garden…Bees What Douglas Dug…Show 008 – Garden markers, blue pumpkins, […]

Garden History: “Killenworth,” George Dupont Pratt house, Glen Cove, New York, ca. 1918

Garden History draws on “The Commons” a collection of historical photos from institutions from around the world. According to Flickr: The Commons was launched on January 16 2008, when Flickr released our pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress. Both Flickr and the Library were overwhelmed by the positive response to the project! […]

Free Koi Pond Desktop, Tablet and Smartphone Wallpaper for February 2013

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, click the image to see the full-sized image, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then attach the wallpapers using your phone’s […]

Elsewhere: Botanical designer blooms in Highland Park from The Eastsider LA

Botanical designer blooms in Highland Park from The Eastsider LA Story by Cynthia Greenburg — Photos by Martha Benedict “The big aha was in NY,” Valerie Jurado says. It was there the daughter of Filipino immigrants who grew up in East L.A. suddenly found herself going from mass producing “baby’s-breath-1-800-FLOWER” style arrangements to designing $400 bouquets for […]