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When Bad Taste Meets Power Tools

When Bad Taste Meets Power Tools

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We love to pore over garden articles with luscious pictures of beautiful landscapes. Me, I get a kick out of finding the worst of the worst and holding them up for ridicule. My intention is to provide positive lessons using bad examples – the stuff that either makes you laugh out loud or contemplate gouging your own eyes out. There are so many out there to choose from.

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Dont Turn Up The Thermostat--Look At These Pictures

Don't Turn Up The Thermostat--Look At These Pictures

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It's nearly winter in Santa Barbara too, but you wouldn't know it from all of the hot stuff in bloom right now. Our landscapes are bursting with vibrant colors while poinsettias add their scorching red heat to the mix.

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Announcing Book Giveaway Winners! Calhoun Congrats

Announcing Book Giveaway Winners! Calhoun Congrats

Meet the three lucky winners of the Designer Plant Combinations book give-away.

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Easy Garden Simulations - Win A Free Design Book!

Easy Garden Simulations - Win A Free Design Book!

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What if you could simulate the garden of your dreams using software you already have on your computer? Imagine experimenting with flower and foliage combinations without spending a dime on a single plant or digging a hole? Grab a hot cuppa cocoa and read on...

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Wrapping Up Raleigh - Really!

Wrapping Up Raleigh - Really!

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My September trip to Raleigh NC was a fading memory until I ran across these fab photos of the plants and people who made the visit so special.

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Planting Design Lessons from Raleigh NC

Planting Design Lessons from Raleigh NC

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Blessing or curse, I find it difficult to look at a garden without awakening the design teacher in my brain. A voice in my head instantly starts deciphering the visual principles in place as if I were explaining the tableau to my students. I imagine it’s no different for a film critic enduring their brother-in-law’s home videos. Join me as I cruise this lovely garden and share a few design ideas you can use in your own garden.

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Win a copy of Designer Plant Combinations!

Win a copy of Designer Plant Combinations!

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This book resonates with me on many levels - visually elegant, clearly and buoyantly written and chock full of down-to-earth plant information. You can win your own copy just by leaving a comment about your own garden combos.

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Could YOU Keep A Straight Face? Coyote Pee Interview

Could YOU Keep A Straight Face? Coyote Pee Interview

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Welcome to another fun article and interview from my recent visit to the Garden Writers Association trade exhibit in Raleigh, NC. With my nose for news, I sniffed out this promising product, a predator-pee infused pellet that triggers the natural fears of many garden pests, including deer, woodchucks and mice.

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Bovine Biscuits Get a New Lease on Life

Bovine Biscuits Get a New Lease on Life

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” That is the essence of one of the exhibitors that Kate Frank and I visited in Raleigh last week. Darn! Now I have to delicately bridge the thought of lemonade and cow manure.

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Rethinking the Suburban Lawn: National Coalition Launches New Website

Rethinking the Suburban Lawn: National Coalition Launches New Website

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In Star Wars, Darth Vader sensed “a shift in The Force” when Luke Skywalker tapped his Jedi powers. I felt another shift today. A big piece of the sustainable landscaping puzzle fell into place. It takes the form of a new website I’m thrilled to be a part of. After two months of long-distance scheming, the Lawn Reform Coalition (LRC), a new campaign to change the American Lawn, launched today.

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Why Are You Working So Hard? Blow Up Your Rototiller

Why Are You Working So Hard? Blow Up Your Rototiller

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Skip the soil amendment, toss the slow-release fertilizer, make your rototiller into a sculpture. Sustainable landscaping means responding to what nature gives you. Let's start using plants that are adapted to the soil and climate of your yard.

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Computer-controlled Cauliflower? When Software Meets Spinach

Computer-controlled Cauliflower? When Software Meets Spinach

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Wouldn't it be totally cool to be a professional futurist? You'd get a paycheck for predicting what the world will look like in a hundred years, then wait for everyone to die before they can tell...

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