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]

Early Season Color in the Garden

Early season color in the garden is something all gardeners strive to achieve.  Particularly here in Spokane, where the long, cold, wet springs tend to bring gray days more often than most parts of the country.  (in the 40’s and cloudy here today while much of the country is hitting 80 degrees).  Select early season… [Continue Reading]

The Desert Museum

  The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, commonly the Desert Museum, is a gem in Tucson, AZ.  It is a  top flight family activity with the incorporation of a minor zoo’s worth of desert animals along with the plant exhibits of the botanic garden.  They have a stingray exhibit going now, which shows they know what kids… [Continue Reading]

Tohono Chul

Tohono Chul is a botanical garden located in Tucscon, AZ.  Although not as famous as the Desert Museum or the Saguaro National Park, it is a fine garden and well worth a visit.  The design elements are worth noting.  They have erected many walls, installed doors, made little courtyards and patios and otherwise have developed… [Continue Reading]

Garden Design for Four Seasons

Garden design for four seasons is crucial in a northern climate.  Winter is long.  If you don’t plan ahead for its arrival, then it will be dull indeed. I get to watch people shop at my nursery.  The really great gardeners are easy to pick out.   They choose plants for their appeal over a long… [Continue Reading]

Victoria and Vancouver Island: Butchart Gardens

The Pacific Northwest is blessed with many special gardens and sites, but among the most dramatic are those on Vancouver Island, near Victoria, B.C.  First and foremost is Butchart Gardens.  This 55 acre garden with it’s famous sunken garden built in an old rock quarry is meticulously planted and maintained.  Whereas I often tell clients… [Continue Reading]