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Snow day!

We are having the best winter this year – not only is it snowing, but it’s snowing on a day that was a holiday anyway, so I don’t have to stress over whether I can get to work.  The woodstove … Continue reading

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Liminal

Liminal spaces are where the excitement is. You know this instinctively. How many times have you looked at something where its edges blend into, or are covered by, something else, and wondered what would happen there next? It’s why, in … Continue reading

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The Best Season

Let me tell you why I think autumn is the best season. No, let me show you. This glorious tree is the Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica.  It’s native to the Eastern seaboard, it’s architecturally interesting, and in the autumn it … Continue reading

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Pollinator 411, or, the Good, the Less Good, and the Gorgeous

Everywhere you turn, there’s another blog, another Facebook post, another news article about climate change.  Even the climate change deniers have switched to complaining that we don’t know why it’s changing.  From the perspective of a landscape designer, this is … Continue reading

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To Mass or Intermingle?

The Value of Plant Community-Based Design  In his latest blog post, landscape architect Thomas Rainer advocates for a more plant-community-based landscape aesthetic, one which emphasizes neither the masses of single species which have been so omnipresent in the American landscape … Continue reading

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The Promise

The most astonishing thing about springtime is its variability.  In the space of a few hours we can go from bare branches and spring bulbs beginning to open to a white-washed landscape full of mystery and hush. This March, in … Continue reading

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Style, simplicity, and repetition

Returning to my studio after a three-day stretch of garden touring with the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers, and there are ideas leaping at my fingertips.  There’s so much energy when creative people get together.   I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

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Spring things

Even before the calendar rolled around to March, the plants and animals around us knew it was spring.  Downtown, in Capitol Square, the camellias are blooming.     In the low-lying areas of the piece of property out behind mine, … Continue reading

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Shave and a Haircut

Two bits:  now’s the time to trim back your ornamental grasses if you haven’t already done so.  Get out your pruners – and gloves; trust me on this one – and tackle that monster before it starts into active growth … Continue reading

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