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Photo: A lovely garden seat | Schoepfle Garden – Birmingham, Ohio

A scene from Shoepfle Gardens in Birmingham, Ohio from our recent trip back to visit family. After 27 years in Los Angeles, the green always seems so vibrant and rich whenever we return. The pond, the trees and green everywhere made this an inviting place to sit and think for a while. (Click for full size […]

Is “slow gardening” for you? It describes me quite well!

I came across the article below on Houzz.com and it reminded me of my own gardening ethic. Yes, I could foresee having a lovely, showy, complete garden to enjoy, but I do gain a lot of enjoyment out of the actual “doing” of the garden. Recently, I have been focusing on propagating as many plants […]

Video: Montage from visit to the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Here is a 4:15 min video I created using 66 photos from our visit to the show on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The show continues on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Full information is available at the link above. Related: Panoramic […]

Photo: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Here are 66 photos I took during our visit to the show on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The show continues on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Full information is available at the link above. You can watch a slide show of […]

Garden History: The importance of trees (Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia)

Trees surround us and fill our gardens, for the most part, but we often ignore them. Read any article about gardening and you will see that many of us focus downwards to the smaller annuals and perennials in our gardens. Yet, it is the trees that bring the structure — the bones — the foundations […]

Garden Decor: A ladder in the garden

A Ladder in the Garden Ladders — whether retired, actual ladders or ladders specially made to be decorative can dress up any gardener. Here an old orchard ladder is used to hold potted plants and leans against a whimsical garden shed. No matter what style of garden, though, I think ladders can always find a place […]

Chelsea Garden Show 2013 this week

This week marks the 100th anniversary — The Centenary — of the Chelsea Garden Show in England. I have never been able to attend, but each year I watch from afar as show gardens, new plants and new ideas a shared via the web, YouTube and more. You can check out the basic of the […]

Garden History: Pittville Gardens, Cheltenham, England

What is it about water in the garden? Are we attracted by the sound, the sight, the reflections that dance across the surface? It is sure that water elements in the garden attract humans and wildlife like flowers attract bees. There is something soothing and contemplative about water whether it be a still pond, or […]

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 […]