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Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine – Contemporary Cool Article

Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine – Contemporary Cool Article

I was lucky enough to spend the most recent 4th of July weekend on Orcas Island with family (if you've never been - GO!).  An unexpected bonus was the fact that my cell phone didn't get reception in the house we were renting, so I just turned it off - sweet freedom!...

The Landscape Design Process: From Scribble to Finished Project

The Landscape Design Process: From Scribble to Finished Project

Not every project takes the same trajectory, but I find I travel through similar steps when seeing a design through to fruition. Here's a brief outline of the the design process. I always have an on site meeting with a client, before beginning, to discuss the...

Fine Gardening Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars

Fine Gardening Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars

  This fall, I  had the honor of being featured in Fine Gardening magazine's 'Regional Picks', representing the Northwest.  I was asked to select four "Unusual Autumn Star's". My selections included: Guernsey lily, Nerine sarniensis 'Gilt Edge' toad lily',...

DESIGN TREND | Whimsy

DESIGN TREND | Whimsy

We spent the better part of the last decade slogging through a recession.  We cut back, paired down and put off.  Now it's time to shake it off and have some fun in the garden. I'm not talking all out crazy - it's easy to overdo it with the garden art.  I'm talking...

Artist Paul Schick: Organic Twig Sculpture

Artist Paul Schick: Organic Twig Sculpture

Geometric and organic - terms that often rest at opposite ends of the spectrum. However, it's the embodiment of this juxtaposition that resonates through the work of fine artist Paul Schick. Schick is a Mountain View, CA based artist who creates sculpture and wall...

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: West Coast Style

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: West Coast Style

Bang! And we're off. Just like that, the holidays are upon us. Is it just me, or do the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Years Day feel like some crazed version of a steeplechase race - but instead of jumping over hurdles and splashing through water traps, we're...

Conifers in Shades of Gold and Silver Brighten a Winter Garden

Conifers in Shades of Gold and Silver Brighten a Winter Garden

Well, it's that time of year again... summer is but a distant memory and the glory that is fall has faded to shades of gray and brown.  You may be looking at your garden with feelings of dread, knowing we won't be seeing any real signs of life for another few months...

DIG Nursery: Be Bold, Be Inspired

DIG Nursery: Be Bold, Be Inspired

I was first introduced to DIG Nursery two years ago while taking a summer garden tour on Vashon Island. Upon walking through the gabion tower flanked entry I was instantly struck by the fact that DIG was no ordinary nursery - perennials down isle 1, evergreen shrubs...

From Barren to Bountiful: The Evolution of an Edmonds Garden

From Barren to Bountiful: The Evolution of an Edmonds Garden

Seeing the evolution of a garden from an overgrown thicket or in this case, a bare patch of soil, to a thriving, verdant and useful space is, for me, the most rewarding aspect of being a landscape designer. Even better when the client sends you pictures to show you...

Trees for a Contemporary Garden

Trees for a Contemporary Garden

Whether existing or new to a site, trees have the power to dictate the feel of a space - formal, woodland, contemporary... When creating a planting plan for a new design, it's often the trees I start with. They can serve a single or multiple functions all at once. For...

Pencil to Paper: A Connection to Site

Pencil to Paper: A Connection to Site

With technology comes convenience and speed. What could once be done in days can now be done in hours, even minutes. The landscape design / architecture field is no different. In many, if not most, cases, drafting boards and blue prints have given way to computer...

How to Create a Succulent Container Garden

How to Create a Succulent Container Garden

Gardening and designing with succulents has been extremely popular in recent years. Most specifically, with creating container gardens. It's easy to see the appeal - succulents are low maintenance, require less water than conventional plantings and let's face it, look...

Visualizing a Shady Seattle Backyard Border

Visualizing a Shady Seattle Backyard Border

I'll admit, coming from California I'm used to sun, sun, sun. Since moving to Seattle and beginning a career in landscape design, I've learned to embrace and appreciate plants that thrive in shade. And my goodness, as I delve deeper into this profession, I only...

Just in Time for Summer: Colorful and Contemporary Outdoor Seating

Just in Time for Summer: Colorful and Contemporary Outdoor Seating

With our glorious Seattle summer only moments away it's time to bring out those lounge chairs! This year, instead of dragging out your old raggedy set from Home Depot (ok, maybe that's just me), think about updating your outdoor seating with one (or more) of these...

Shirley A. Watts:  Artist and Landscape Designer

Shirley A. Watts: Artist and Landscape Designer

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to this year's Northwest Horticultural Society Symposium (it's a sell-out event every year!), you were also lucky enough to hear about and see the work of Alameda, California based artist and landscape designer, Shirley A....

The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market: Elegant Blooms and More

The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market: Elegant Blooms and More

Earlier this week I had the good fortune of visiting the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, located in a historic brick warehouse in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.  The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market is unique in that it's a farmer-owned cooperative providing...

Visit the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden and Go Native

Visit the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden and Go Native

Two months ago I had the opportunity to visit the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, located in Claremont, CA.  Plants I once considered 'ho hum' when I lived in Southern California, (in my defense, I didn't have my degree in horticulture yet) I now have a new...