Category Archives: Design Ideas

Conversation among the Plants

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When plant combinations work it is because they enhance one another. I like to think of these sometimes planned, sometimes serendipitous events as conversations between the plants involved. Repeating the same plant like Malus ‘Donald Wyman’ in my Moon garden … Continue reading

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New Parking area- ‘before and after’

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For years the too small parking area next to the house has been problematic. Regardless of age our friends, you know who you are, crushed my flowering plants along the edge and had to make ten point turns in order … Continue reading

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The New Perennial Movement

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photography by Iwan Baan and James Golden I began working as a garden designer in New York City in the 1990s when there was a craze for ornamental grasses that I soon discovered was a valuable plant for difficult sites. … Continue reading

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Symbolic Chinese Garden Design Concepts

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Last autumn I visited the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island, located within the large Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden complex with 27 buildings and beautiful grounds. The Scholar’s Garden, which is hidden within the complex, … Continue reading

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Franklin Garden Club Lecture Series

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Franklin Garden Lecture Series Great Dixter spring display, photograph by Diana Hall The Franklin Garden Club invites you to attend garden talks on Saturday afternoons, followed by light refreshments.  Join us at the Franklin Railroad & Community Museum at 3 … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

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We are having a good winter this year with lots of snow protecting our plants and two gentle thaws already, one in November and another in early December, replenishing the aquifers . 2014 promises to be another good year. I … Continue reading

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Chinese Scholar’s Garden Staten Island

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I recently discovered a wonderful place, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island. I have been reading about Chinese gardens and learned that the first private gardens in China were created by Scholars and poets around the year 700. Many … Continue reading

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