So, you haven’t seen a blog post from me in a while—and that’s because I’ve been busy writing them for other people! OK, not really. But I did write a guest post for my dear friend and talented graphic designer Josh Huisenga at Chalkbox Creative. If you appreciate good design, and want to see how putting together a garden space isn’t all…

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  Going outside can reduce stress and boost your overall well-being—which is especially important now, when many of us are at home nearly 24/7. But there’s no need to brave the crowds at a packed park or hiking spot, because your own yard is a great place to enjoy nature while staying safe.   Wait.…

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Nobody gets the day off for Arbor Day. We don’t exchange gifts. Most people couldn’t even tell you what month it occurs in each year.   No, Arbor Day often doesn’t get a lot of respect. And we need to change that, because it’s one of the most important holidays we have. Even if we…

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Phase 2 Update:  (June, 2020)  During this first week of summer we have begun meeting with clients in their yards while wearing a mask and maintaining at least a 6′ distance.  It’s wonderful to be back meeting outside but if you’re still not comfortable we’re happy to meet virtually.   Update:  During this time of …

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We can talk all we want about thoughtful garden design, but the proof is in the results! That’s why we like to revisit projects from time to time and show you how we help our clients create outdoor spaces they love.   Ever-encroaching juniper blobs—left over from decades ago—gave the front of this home an…

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We can talk all we want about thoughtful garden design, but the proof is in the results! That’s why we like to revisit projects from time to time and show you how we help our clients create outdoor spaces they love. This Seattle homeowner had a small, nearly unusable back yard, but wanted to find…

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The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is the perfect opportunity for homeowners and gardeners to gather ideas and inspiration for beautiful living spaces. Not only are all the latest plants and gardening gadgets on display, there are all kinds of educational seminars on topics related to gardening and the environment.   The show is great…

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January is dominated by the dark and the gray. We go to work before the sun rises; by the time we get home, it’s already gone down. The cold and rain doesn’t help, either!   But even in these seemingly inhospitable conditions, there’s still a lot going on around us in nature. I always encourage…

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What else are you going to do when it’s cold, wet, rainy—and snowy—in January? This is the perfect time to pour your favorite hot beverage, cozy up to the fire with your furry friend (if you have one), and reflect on last year’s garden performance. Then you’re ready to plan your garden for the coming…

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Years ago in my neighborhood, before the developers moved in, the lot next to our townhome was vacant—and it was dotted with multiple volunteer holly trees of varying sizes. I had long visualized chopping down one of these invasive hollies and using it for a Christmas tree, so one year, when it was Dec. 23…

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