Fringetree – Native Tree That Nobody Grows

Are you looking for a small beautiful spring flowering tree to plant this spring with great fall color and beautiful blue black fruit? Look no further than the native Fringetree. Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus, is rarely planted in a home landscape. Seen mostly at arboretums and botanical gardens, their staff know a good thing when they …

Garden Design Magazine-A Good Read

  Garden Design magazine known for its in-depth articles and awesome images has a clean and easy to read design, free of ads. Over the years, I have started and stopped my subscriptions to different gardening magazines, but I will never give up this one. I don't review many print publications, but I felt that …

Garden Vignettes – Sweet Gardening

On my recent trip to San Francisco for the garden bloggers "fling" when we visited Rebecca Sweet's beautiful garden, what struck me about her design strategy was "garden vignettes", "design spotlights", and "skinny spaces". Rebecca Sweet is an innovative garden designer who lives in northern California and wrote "Garden Up-Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces". …

Healing Labyrinth – Part 2

Designing the labyrinth was interesting and fun. But now the hard work of installing it began. Preparation After locating all utilities and getting necessary covenant permission, we were ready to go. First up was removing all plant material and grading of the site with heavy equipment. It was necessary to level a space large enough for the …