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Grand Garden Design: The Peterhof Gardens

September 28th, 2016

 Often called the Russian Versailles, The Peterhof Gardens near St Petersburg are the very definition of a grand garden design. With 500 acres, 200+ statues, 144 fountains, 7 palaces, and 23 museums, it is the most visited site in Russia hosting over 4.2 million visitors annually. Inspired by a visit to Versailles castle and grand […]

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Landscape Sculpture: “Indeterminate Lines”

September 15th, 2016

In February this year, the International Sculpture Center awarded artist and sculptor Bernar Venet the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of landscape sculpture. Just two weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Venet and experiencing his world renowned landscape sculpture first hand. It was 1983 when Venet […]

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Composing a Garden: A Quartet Blooms

August 18th, 2016

Composing a garden is a lot like composing music. There are places in the garden that invite a crescendo of blooms, and other areas that call for a something gentler, more of an adagio. A tree may be a cappella, placed without accompaniment of flora and fauna, while garden intermezzos are provided by a restful […]

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Gardening Tips for Late Summer

August 4th, 2016

Here are some simple gardening tips for late summer to keep your landscape looking great. Our gardens take summer vacations in a manner of speaking.  When temperatures exceed 90 degrees and the days begin to shorten after summer solstice, and rain is only an occasional afternoon shower, plants take a break.  Growth stops, flowering slows […]

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Lawn Maintenance: How to Love Your Lawn

June 8th, 2016

 Lawn maintenance is a hot topic this time year. This is when Atlanta lawns are looking lush, vibrant green, and very inviting. While riding through our Buckhead Atlanta neighborhoods, I am reminded of author Tom Wolfe’s expression in Man in Full about our lawns, “heaving bosoms of green”. Keith Blanchard with the Wall Street Journal […]

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Atlanta Landscape Design: The Beauty of Brutalism

May 17th, 2016

 Atlanta landscape design today is seeing a revival in Brutalism. Originally intended to express clarity and purpose in the chaos of prewar Europe, quite appropriately, today it is evident in bold, simple modernism with an edge.  Brutalism is the collective name for architecture stripped to its bare bones of form and function. And it is […]

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Atlanta Garden Maintenance: 3 Tips for a Garden Graduation Party

May 16th, 2016

May is the advent of  outdoor living season and that means Atlanta garden maintenance and quick planting tips for easy entertaining. It’s also the season to celebrate graduations with a garden party.  To make the most of your landscape style and capitalize on the gifts Mother Nature brings, here are 3 quick tips to deliver […]

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Garden Design Atlanta: 3 Beautiful Blooms to Add Spring Color to Your Garden

April 22nd, 2016

 Atlanta garden designs are a magical place in the spring. The weather ranges from cold nights to almost summery days and it gives plants who’ve been dormant for the winter their much needed wake up call. While our pollen season lasts a short month, it certainly coats everything in a soft yellow haze indicative of […]

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Moss Lawns: How Can I Get One?

February 25th, 2016

I’ve always thought of moss lawns and nooks as magic, a place where fairies live, because those places seem to appear magically in early spring and disappear in summer. Perhaps it is more like a Houdini trick. Moss is technically a Bryophyte or non-vascular plant that lacks true branches, leaves and roots. It absorbs water […]

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Travel Itinerary: Rome Italy

October 22nd, 2015

Rome, Italy is known as the eternal city.  I learned that first hand during my October trip with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

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