Mid-Century Woodland Garden

A beautiful house with history and modern lines, a stand of old mature fir trees, and wonderful clients, what more could a designer ask for? This lovely home was remodeled and updated about 6 years ago. Built many years ago without permits it was a definite challenge....

Garden Design Primer: Scale

Designing a garden can be tricky and every project is different. There is simply no cookie cutter approach to garden design. Each client comes with different needs, tastes, and property. What to know a secret? One of the hardest things to design is a blank slate. No...

In Search of Shade

Not surprising I suppose, most people in Washington State don’t have to worry about too much sun. Most lots are shady with many native trees which usually provides a place with enough shade to have a shade garden. As Robert Jones recently said ‘Shade plants are the...

Garden Design: Vegetables

There are times when I wonder if other designers get to design and plant vegetable gardens. I feel lucky that way! Recently I got to design and plant a veg garden for clients who only come in during the summer.Obviously without year round residents a fence is needed....

Hedging for Privacy

As many of you know I design and love beach gardens.   When meeting with clients I always discuss several possible areas for sitting.   So often they say they want to sit with the view of the water, obviously, that’s why they bought the property in the first place.  ...

Progress Yes Progress!

I often tell my clients when we meet that I come in and make a big mess before I put it back together again. That has to happen at my house too.   Last week I pulled up all the metal pieces that I had for the vegetable garden. I removed grass (little bites at a time...

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