Category Archives: inspire me

S A Y A Designs

When Victoria at S A Y A Designs asked if I wanted to know more about her work in helping to replant rain forests in Indonesia, I told her most definitely yes, I very much would be interested in knowing … Continue reading

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A River Runs Through It; A New Landscape Paradigm April 7/8

Day 1, Speaker Forum: Saturday, April 7th, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Descanso Gardens. Day 2, the 3rd Annual Garden Tour: Sunday, April 8th, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. There could not be a more well-timed moment for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers’ … Continue reading

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banksia love

My little Banksia repens in the front gravel garden is looking really happy after the recent rains. A good soaking of sweet spring rain is the perfect launch to its second summer in the garden, hopefully another successful one. No … Continue reading

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outdoor bias

I admit to a strong design bias towards how a dwelling interacts with the outdoors. An exterior focus, if you will. Don’t ask me why. I’ll whip through on-line home tours, acknowledge a nice chair or rug or staircase, and … Continue reading

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Natural Discourse 2018 update

photo by MB Maher Natural Discourse, the series of lectures and accompanying exhibits that started back in 2012, focusing on collaborative efforts among scientists, naturalists, and artists to illuminate our increasingly fraught relationship with the natural world, is ongoing through … Continue reading

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winter solstice 2017

The winter solstice is little more than a week away, on December 21st, after which point the days will blessedly begin to lengthen again. Huzzah! There will at last be more and more light, always cause for celebration, even if … Continue reading

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fantasy herbaria of Anne Ten Donkelaar

Gardens are inspiration engines, filled with mesmerizing sights, sounds, and scents. For an artist, it’s a bottomless treasure trove of ideas. Have a look at the “flower constructions” of Anne Ten Donkelaar. (from “Dearest Nature“) The “flower constructions” series of … Continue reading

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