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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 […]

Elsewhere: Simple Container Plantings for Intriguing Garden Design from Houzz.com

We have added some containers in the last few months, mainly to provide food-growing areas in the sunnier places in the garden. This article mainly deals with the decorative element of containers, but there is no reason these containers couldn’t be filled with wonderful food items. Then you get beauty in the garden and on […]

2012 Gift Guide: Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More

Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More Voted Best Graphic Design by the Garden Writers Association From Amazon.com… “You can transform your garden into a handmade, personality-infused oasis. Author Lorene Edwards Forkner — part eco-friendly non-traditionalist, part crafty creative — will show you how. Projects run the gamut from […]

2012 Gift Guide: Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In

Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In Why should the garden remain in the garden? Here are hundreds of ideas for bringing your garden inside and, even better, blurring the difference between them. Great text and gorgeous photos let your garden house dreams take flight. From Amazon.com… “The garden house is a restorative sanctuary that combines […]

2012 Gift Guide: Urban Sanctuaries

Urban Sanctuaries Another great book for garden “dreaming.” We all need new ideas to energize our gardens and books like this provide them on every page. More 2012 Gift Guide Items: Read more on this topic: 2012 Gift Guide: A Book of Bees : And How to Keep Them by Sue Hubbell 2012 Gift Guide: […]

2012 Gift Guide: In a Mexican Garden: courtyards, pools and open-air living rooms

In a Mexican Garden: courtyards, pools and open-air living roomsGina Hyams, Melba Levick, Photographer Gorgeous photograph of all aspects of Mexican homes and gardens. I especially liked the outdoor bathrooms with all their tile or rough stone. Sure to generate lots of ideas for your own home and garden. More 2012 Gift Guide Items: Do […]

Pinterest: Lovely Brick Path

I love the way that brick just settles into its environment and seems to have always been there, even when newly installed. It naturalizes into a garden very well and very quickly. This lovely garden path came up in my Pinterest feed today and I re-pinned it both so I could remember it myself and […]

Pinterest: More recycled doors as garden gates

Here is another example of hoe to use recycled materials in your garden, These recycled doors make an interesting and cut entry into the garden while keeping varmints and critters out. Source: google.com via Susan Jane on Pinterest Read more on this topic: Pinterest: Lovely wall-attached garden trellis with project instructions Elsewhere: Whimsical Garden Gate […]

Pinterest: Great Design Plant: Paperbark Maple from Houzz.com

I love maple trees and this article from Houzz.com on using Paperbark Maple helped me to remember why. I only wish maples grew better here in Southern California. They need a cold period each year, though, to really thrive like they do back in my hometown in Ohio. Source: houzz.com via Douglas on Pinterest Read […]

Pinterest: Excellent cottage garden path

I would love to be able to build such a lush garden here in Los Angeles, but it seems the dry weather, and the number of mature trees I have, limits the possibilities. I love the way the plants and flowers spill over the path. It just makes it feel so exuberant. The rambling rose […]