Category : Design Tips

What to Grow

It’s hard to go wrong with black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia spp.). They’re lovely no matter how or where you plant them, pairing well with most other perennials, grasses and shrubs. Try digitalis, salvia, delphinium, hollyhocks, echinacea, Russian sage, bee balm, any…

0 Comments / 93 View / October 11, 2012

Tarkio Rain Garden

This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather you see it, you just might not realize it’s anything other than an eye-catching flower bed. Look closely as…

0 Comments / 210 View / September 14, 2012

Keep it Simple

Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated subject) he taught us that the phylogenetic tree with the fewest evolutionary changes was most likely correct.  “Thus,” he…

0 Comments / 4884 View / July 26, 2011

Garden Approach

Ever have one of those moments where you walk into a space, any space, but in this case a garden, and hear yourself say, “ah-ha”?  One where you relax with an exhale and, suddenly, all is right with the world?…

0 Comments / 115 View / March 1, 2011

Off the Grid

A quick study of semantics today might cover several high frequency words. Words such as spam, post and text to name a few. Spam, conjuring images of hastily deleting junk email from your inbox instead of the spiced ham that…

0 Comments / 10 View / January 9, 2011

Garden Design: Taking Cues From Nature

    Designing a garden is an art.  The landscape, with all of it’s endless possibilities, your palette.  However, unlike many other forms of art, it doesn’t begin with a blank slate, but a living system.  Even if the intended…

0 Comments / 210 View / December 8, 2010