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Outdoor Holiday Decorating Inspired by Mother Nature

What's your favorite kind of outdoor holiday decorating? As I was driving to an event the other night after dark, I passed one of those homes that was lit up like a firecracker for the holidays. They had lights of every color outlining the house, the shrubs and the...

Garden & Landscape Fall Maintenance Tips

As the weather cools and the trees drop their leaves, the hydrangea blooms once a glorious indigo or sweet pink, now a dusty hue, it's time to implement key garden and landscape fall maintenance tips. This is the time of year when you want to prepare your landscape...

English Garden Design: Historical Inspiration

I am always inspired by English garden design and landscapes. Last month, I enjoyed a brief trip to England on my way to Russia and wanted to share some of the flavor of their landscape architecture and the English garden design. The English are well known for their...

Grand Garden Design: The Peterhof Gardens

 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...

Landscape Sculpture: “Indeterminate Lines”

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...

Composing a Garden: A Quartet Blooms

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...

Gardening Tips for Late Summer

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...

Lawn Maintenance: How to Love Your Lawn

 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,...

Atlanta Landscape Design: The Beauty of Brutalism

 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...

Atlanta Garden Maintenance: 3 Tips for a Garden Graduation Party

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...

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