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Learning From The Masters….of Landscape Design

Learning From The Masters….of Landscape Design

Much the same way an Artist must study the Masters to hone their art; a Garden Designer must do the same.  As it is spring, I have had two such opportunities to view the work of others. Last year, I purchased a season pass at the Biltmore Estates.  Although the house is quite lovely, it is the gardens that draw me back season after season.  The gardens were originally designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead whose most notable garden, Central Park, lies in the center of New York...
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How to use a color wheel

How to use a color wheel

From the most experienced plantsman to the rankest amateur, the one thing everyone wants in their outdoor space is COLOR!  But how do you effectively use color in your garden?  First, remember that there is no right or wrong when it comes to color in the garden.  Color choices are a matter of personal taste.  For some, a riot of color is just the ticket.  Others prefer to work with a single hue. A basic understanding of color theory can help your figure out...
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No “Bones” About It

No “Bones” About It

There is a very common old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Which we all take to mean it’s what a person has on the inside that counts not the overall outward appearance.  What makes each of us unique is the combination of flesh, bones, and soul that all combines to make us who we are, Individuals.   This same concept can be translated to your homes landscape, as well. I know it might seem like a stretch, but hear me out on this.  Of course, ...
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Focus on “Special Effects” for Your Garden.

Focus on “Special Effects” for Your Garden.

Now that March has come in like a lamb, the most exciting (and frustrating) time of the year begins for garden folks.  Every day it seems that something is exploding into bloom, tempting us to put out the summer annuals and tomatoes that are starting to show up in garden centers.  Even though it doesn’t seem possible sometimes, there is always the danger of frost.  So what’s a gardener to do?  Channel that spring energy into inspirations for landscape...
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LISTEN! to what your garden has to say

LISTEN! to what your garden has to say

Daffodils and cherries are starting to bloom, peepers are singing, and soon lightning bugs will be floating on the breeze.  The warm rays of the sun, the colors and scents of flowers, and the taste of fresh berries readily come to mind when we think of gardens in spring and summer, but what about sound?  When it comes to the landscape, the sense of hearing is usually ignored, unless, of course, there is noise to buffer.  But what about using sound to enhance your outdoor space, ...
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