Visual arts

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    How to Create Balance in the Garden

    I love plants, all kinds of plants, crammed in with a long succession of fabulous foliage and blooming combinations in strong, bold colors. I also love strong design stories with…

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    15 Ideas to Steal for Your Garden

    Pablo Picasso said something to the effect of, “Bad artists imitate. Great artists steal.” The same quote is often attributed to Igor Stravinsky and T. S. Eliot. Whoever said it,…

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    A Gentle Approach to Planting on a Slope

    When creating a new garden design, I first analyze existing elements, deciding what works, what doesn’t, and why. Architectural and hardscaping elements are a good place to begin. When my…

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    Veggie Garden Design Ideas: Make Your Vegetable Garden Beautiful

    Whether you grow just a few tomatoes or a yard full of vegetables, edibles can be a beautiful part of your landscape. For design inspiration, I visited two great vegetable…

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    A Garden That’s Younger Than It Looks

    They never weeded a bed or planted a seed, but our four teenagers were heartbroken to leave the big garden of their childhood. Why couldn’t we wait 10 years? Where…

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    How to Take Photos Like a Pro

    Over the past 30 years, I have been hired to photograph all kinds of things: over-the-top advertising images, breathtaking wild landscapes, and far-away city streets. But as a passionate lifelong…

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    Curve Appeal

    When Catherine Feldman first moved to her home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the garden was essentially a blank slate. She dreamed of bringing the neglected landscape back to life and…

  • Design

    Where Formal and Natural Meet

    Everyone has been to a house that has a “do-not-touch” room in it. It might be a living room with plastic covers on the couches or a dining room with…

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    One Peak, Four Seasons of Interest

    Most of us want our gardens to look fabulous all the time—no matter the season. That’s great if you are willing to put in the time and money required to…

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    How to Spruce Up Your Veggie Garden

    Edible gardens are, too often, purely utilitarian spaces relegated to the outer reaches of an overall garden design. But they can be so much more with just a few design…