Make a Yoga Garden This Year

Picture yourself being outside in a garden on a warm sunny morning. Nearby, birds are singing and flowers are blooming. This is a perfect space to unroll a yoga mat and embark on some ‘sun salutations’. So why not create a yoga garden? You can do this using some design ideas I offer in the […]

The Enchantment of a Curved Garden Walk or Wall

The line of a garden walk can be an integral part of the overall composition rather just a simple linkage. And the layout of a garden wall can be something more than a physical barrier. For example, ancient Chinese garden designers used curving perimeter walls to enclose their revered gardens. Osvald Siren described the winding […]

Speaking with Earth Spirits

Speaking with Earth Spirits Deep down, in the warmth of the fecund earth, the spirits sing songs of life. Hoping we hear, they inhale and exhale along with the seasons. Now, in the cool days of November, they sing to us of rest and replenishment and ask us to be calm. The time has come […]

October Glory in the Garden

In my part of the world – New York State – October is when Mother Nature shines. The days are shorter, the sun is low in the sky, but the weather stays warm enough for the flowering plants to hang on. I design and install gardens with October in mind because it is now when […]

The Rolling Crabapples – smile

This is funny. Glenn Eichler wrote an open letter to the New York Botanical Garden in 2014 in the New Yorker regarding his love of their rock garden. He felt it deserved more attention: “…rocks—dragged by glaciers, striped and striated by, I guess, also glaciers—deserve better. Not sexy? Compared to what, the Donald J. Bruckmann […]

Garden Photo of the Day – Late Summer Foliage Tapestry

This is a foliage tapestry to plant in a pot or in a bed or around rocks…Sedum Lidakaense ( purple), Sedum Angelina (yellow) and Cerastium or Snow in Summer (silvery-white). Easy to grow, loves the sun and heat, and needs little root room. Voila!

Cottage Garden Primer

I once worked with a lovely client ( now a dear friend!) who wanted a cottage-style flower garden. Now there are cottage gardens and then there are cottage gardens…know what I mean? In Great Britain, it seems everyone has the most magnificent flower garden, each more spectacular than the next… their lushness sets a standard […]

Garden Design Magazine – My Tips and Interview

Garden Design Magazine interviewed me for tips for blending ancient and modern ways to create gardens that simply make you feel good. They also had the fabulous illustrator from Spain, David Despau, illustrate photos of some of my landscapes. I am honored. It is in the summer issue of Garden Design: It is such a […]

Add a Lively Red Accent in Your Landscape

Bold. Bright. Pop. This is what RED adds to a garden. RED, an eye catching hue, stands up to the summer sun’s withering glare in the afternoon. When all pastels fade away, red, orange and yellow sing their hearts out….and RED always steals the show. RED has a vivid history – Check it out on […]

Beautiful Foolishness of Things – The Book of Tea

‘Too little tea’ is a Japanese expression that refers to a person too busy to stop and smell the roses. From ‘The Book of Tea’: The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power. The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought […]