Retiring, For Sale

The simple phrase, Retiring, For Sale is something I’ve known would come.  Something I can look forward to.  But, it is also a rather momentous crossroad in my life.   I have lived the life of the nurseryman.  I have breathed the winter snows, the spring frosts, and the summer’s lush repayment. If you love plants,… [Continue Reading]

Garden Layout

Garden layout is one of the most rewarding things I do.   For example, today I delivered 250 trees, shrubs and perennials to a new home.   There will be no lawn in the good size backyard, so lots of material is required to fill the space. 250 different plants would be too busy.   Many, if not… [Continue Reading]

Planting Your Containers

Planting your containers is one of the most exciting of spring activities.   It is so much fun putting them together.  I love to plan the colors, sizes and textures of my pots.  We are just coming into the time when we plant for the season. I am often asked about perennials in pots.  Here’s the… [Continue Reading]

Kailey at Tohono Chul Botanic Garden

I was fortunate to have Kailey Wilson join me in Tucson for 3 days of photography and tourism. Thus, I offer this tale of Kailey at Tohono Chul Botanic Garden. We talked about the trip and decided to start shooting at Tohono Chul shortly after her arrival. We had a few hours before we could… [Continue Reading]

Garden Pathways

Garden pathways are crucial components of both residential and public gardens.  We enter the garden via pathways.  Pathways get us up close and personal with the plants.  A giant bed may contain loads of beautiful plants, but if you can’t enter the bed, you won’t be close enough to appreciate the details in their presentation…. [Continue Reading]

Panayoti Kelaidis, Outreach Director, Denver Botanic Gardens

Panayoti Kelaidis, Outreach Director, Denver Botanic Gardens.  That is quite a job title.  It could mean a lot of things.  My translation is this:  Panayoti is a guru who has guided horticulture and Denver Botanic Gardens for decades.  There are now a number of skilled and knowledgeable horticulturists on staff at DBG.  Panayoti started the… [Continue Reading]

Fall Visit to the Oregon Garden Resort

The Oregon Garden Resort is a fine hotel located on the very edge of the Oregon Garden.  Located in Silverton OR, the Oregon Garden is a fabulous garden and plant collection.  If you stay in the Oregon Garden Resort, the room includes your admission to the garden.  Not only that, but also you can enter… [Continue Reading]

Desert Design

When I tell people I’m headed for the desert Southwest in July, people look at me like I have a screw loose.  Let me mention that I am not headed for Phoenix. The desert is hot in summer, and particularly hot and dry in June.  However, in July, the monsoon season arrives bringing with it… [Continue Reading]

Big and Bold Plants

Dogwood trees are not large, so what is one doing as the lead off in an article on big and bold plants?  Cornus kousa ‘Venus’ has enormous flowers, and that’s how it makes the cut.  Compared to other dogwoods, ‘Venus’ has flowers about twice as large.   Compare the size of the flower against one of… [Continue Reading]

Selecting Annuals

Selecting annuals is my favorite job of spring.  Choosing the flowers that will decorate my containers and beds for the summer is great fun.   Luckily, we grow a lot of containers, so I get a chance to grow many annuals every year.   I make my picks based on past performance, but also as a way… [Continue Reading]