Melania Trump Vows to Preserve Obama Garden

Though many of her husband's projects are likely to be uprooted, there is good news for Michelle Obama's vegetable garden. Looks like Melania Trump is fond of gardening, too.  Or at least fond of gardens. This weekend, Mrs.Trump accompanied Akie Abe, the wife of the Japanese prime minister, to Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden in Delray, Florida. ... Continue Reading →

It will one day be clear to all

One more tidbit from Henry Mitchell before I have to return the book to the library: When I peer about my little garden, which is sometimes so beautiful, I never admire this plant or that plant without a certain awe that beneath the surface and structural beauty that even the coarsest human eye can see... Continue Reading →

Lunchtime Reading

"People like gardening because it differs from the "efficiency" of modern life.  People like to dig, and they like to dig with the same spade or fork that their predecessors used a thousand years before them. They like to tie up grapevines.  They like to prune great climbing roses.  They like to stake lilies.  I... Continue Reading →

Annie Dillard — Suburban Pilgrim

For years I have worshipped Annie Dillard's book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, her Pulitzer-prize winning meditation on nature written back in the 1970's.  I keep a copy of it on my Kindle, and whenever the world feels too much with me, I like to retreat into a few of its pages.  Her descriptions of giant... Continue Reading →

Garden Designers’ Roundtable: Transitions

One of Beatrix Ferrand's most famous projects is the garden at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC, which is known for its lavish garden rooms and magnificent attention to detail.   As you can see in the map below, each garden "room" has its own name -- Rose Garden, Urn Terrace, Pebble Garden, etc. -- and each room... Continue Reading →

“Malignant Magenta”

Some interesting revelations in a book I'm currently reading called One Writer's Garden, which is about the Jackson, Mississippi garden of Eudora Welty and her mother Chestina.  Last night I read this explanation for the shunning of magenta flowers back in Welty's day (early 20th century, but the magenta aversion continues today for many gardeners): "Historian Susan... Continue Reading →

Garden Designers’ Roundtable: Mistakes

"A man's mistakes are his portals of discovery." --James Joyce Then again, Joyce was a man of ideas.  I'm sure no contractor ever said to a client: "Oh, that retaining wall I put in last fall is collapsing now?  But of course!  How could something so bourgeois hold back the anarchy of our modern age??  Don't you... Continue Reading →

Is Designing Solo the Best Way?

In the Final Comprehensive of my Landscape Design Course, we had to work in teams of three. I was in a group with two other talented people (both professional designers), and our task was to redesign a small park on the campus of GW. We brainstormed. We sketched. We had meetings -- many, many meetings.... Continue Reading →

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