Design

A Garden Labyrinth

– Posted in: Design

And what is retirement for, if not to make a few dreams come true? And what is a garden for, if not to satisfy the longings of your heart? I have learned a lot from watching the garden of my best garden buddy, Bub, develop. The most satisfying garden, for the gardener and for others, [...]

The Intimate Garden: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Design

The Intimate Garden: Twenty Years and Four Seasons in Our Garden by Gordon and Mary Hayward belongs to the rare breed of landscape design book that is actually helpful: One private residential garden--not little glimpses of a dozen gardens The garden was developed over many years. (They figured it out as they went along) They [...]

Green Frogs

– Posted in: Habitat gardening

Hmm, what's your name? If you were thinking Kermit you wouldn’t be far wrong. Winter seems to still be with me. The nights are consistently in the low 20s and snow remnants remain on the ground. Mostly on the north sides of hills and buildings, and hiding behind large trees and objects, the white has [...]

A Garden Design Sampler: Book Reviews

– Posted in: Book reviews, Design

It's great fun to compose wishlists of seeds to try and plants to grow, but, you know, you have to put those plants somewhere. Figuring out where to put them is called the design process. I've come across two books lately that help. The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer by Stephanie Cohen and Nancy J. Ondra [...]

Using spreadsheets in garden planning: Part 4

– Posted in: Acquisitions, Design, How-to, Recommended Links, Seeds and Seed Starting, Series, Spreadsheets in Gardening, Wishlist

In part 3 I showed how to put the finishing touches on a spreadsheet that calculated the potential cost of a plant order in progress. But because of its tabular format, a spreadsheet is often used in situations where a lot of information needs to be organized, even if no calculations are made. Below are [...]

The Million Dollar Garden

– Posted in: Book reviews, Design

I've often thought my biggest hindrance to becoming a professional garden designer is my aversion to spending money, mine or anyone else's. Consequently, I tend to filter out great-but expensive-ideas almost as soon as I've thought them, even at the risk of being penny-wise but pound-foolish. So it should surprise no one that I find [...]