The Visionary Roberto Burle Marx

Roberto Burle Marx was Brazil’s most famous landscape architect of the 20th Century. Inspired by the modern art movements of Cubism and abstract expressionism, he broke the tradition of designing classically hedged, European gardens and instead installed irregularly shaped bold spaces that used native South American plants. Throughout his long life he designed hundreds of private gardens and public parks while advocating for the conservation … Continue reading The Visionary Roberto Burle Marx

Gardening Trends for 2016

What will trend in the gardening world in 2016? A few years ago, vertical gardening was all the rage, then growing your own edibles came into vogue. Now, I get questions about rain gardens and how to design small spaces. More homeowners are raising chickens. People are concerned with bees dying off. Alex LaVilla from Swanson’s Nursery offered his thoughts on some trends he sees developing from customer … Continue reading Gardening Trends for 2016

Put Favorite Plants in Frequented Places

If there’s one bit of advice I can give to somewhat experienced DIY gardeners (in which I mean folks who are already familiar with the Right Plant, Right Place concept and utilizing shrubs for structure), it’s to plant your favorite plants near the areas of your yard that you frequent. For instance, the point at which you park your car every night would be a … Continue reading Put Favorite Plants in Frequented Places

The Lake Forest Park Garden Tour, Revisited

Every June, the Lake Forest Park garden club organizes a tour of six beautiful gardens in our little town. Lake Forest Park is one of Seattle’s oldest suburbs and features a huge, gorgeous canopy of native trees. Many properties are hidden amidst these trees, sometimes even fully hidden as my house is. So it makes sense that the tour’s called “The Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park.” … Continue reading The Lake Forest Park Garden Tour, Revisited