Quiet reflections, gratitude and a holiday offer for you
This is the fourth night in a row where I've awoke at 3:00 in the morning, not feeling sick and nauseous as I typically do during this week of my cancer treatment, but wide awake and filled with gratitude and happiness. Night after night I've quietly laid here, letting my mind wander to where it wants to go.  And oh, where my mind takes me!   I can't believe all that's happened in one year, and it fills my heart with [read more]
Central Park’s Conservatory Garden
Without a doubt, one of my very favorite places in New York is the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. This was my first time visiting this garden, and I wasn't in much of a hurry to do so as I mistakenly thought it would be yet another formal garden filled with the predictable evergreens, fountains and acres of lawn.  Pretty, but probably not the most inspiring. Wow, was I ever wrong.While, yes, it is a formal garden (complete with [read more]
A luscious, lawn-free rock garden in Denver
Don’t you love the feeling you get when pulling up to someone’s home for the very first time, and the moment you see their garden you just know you’re in for a treat? That’s how I felt when my taxi slowly crept along the street, looking for the address of Sheila Schultz. This past May I spent a week in Denver filming an instructional video for Craftsy (click here if you'd like to watch it!) and [read more]
I'm over-the-moon with excitement to announce that my new book, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form is officially finished and will be available in bookstores next month - Oct. 20th, to be exact! After seeing a review copy for the first time last week, I can honestly say that I'm immensely proud of this book for many reasons.  Not only did Christy, the book designer, do an incredible job making it stunningly beautiful, and not only were [read more]
   A few months ago I wrote about the fabulous day Susan Morrison and I had with the crew from Growing a Greener World (see below).  Well, I'm thrilled to be able to share the episode with you all, right here. The topic is Small Spaces, and in addition to our two cents, you'll also meet Baylor Chapman, who owns Lila B. Design, my very favorite floral design business in San Francisco. I hope you enjoy the show!   (more& [read more]
  I love repurposed items in the garden. Things that may be broken or have lost their usefulness are all too often headed to the dump.  But sometimes all that's needed is a coat of paint, a little sprucing up and a healthy dose of creativity to use that item in a brand new way. Not only are these recycled items being kept out of our landfill, but they can add such a welcome personal touch to your garden. Here's [read more]
If you're a gardener who loves succulents, contemporary design, chickens, canning, birds, living walls and books, then this Northern California garden shop is the place for YOU.  Just over a year old, DIG a much needed refuge from the more ordinary and commonplace garden shops which dot the coast. Cara and Will Meyers (who also own 'Hidden Gardens Nursery' just a few miles down the road) have not only created a to-die-for garden shop, but they hold seminars, book signings, [read more]
I've just returned from Lake Tahoe, where anything green (besides the pine trees) was buried beneath six to eight feet of snow.  Even the poor trees were hunched over, already tired from bearing the heavy load of snow draped across their shoulders.  While the snowy landscape is truly stunning, I must admit that now that I'm back in my mild Bay Area climate, I'm truly enjoying my rainy but GREEN garden. As I look around my garden I can't help [read more]
. Wow -  beautiful, poignant and funny all at the same time. . [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgh9h2ePYw] . [read more]
Thinking of buying a fountain? Then read on before you make a HUGE mistake.... [read more]