An Outstanding Urban Circle Design and Plantings

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Knautia macedonia and Geranium var.

The crown jewel of Philadelphia is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – flanked on one side by the Philadelphia Museum Art with a straight view of Philadelphia City Hall several blocks away. In the center of Philadelphia’s magnificent mile is Logan Circle, an open-space park, one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city[...]

Gardens of Mission San Juan Capistrano

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California is relatively new, historically speaking, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love antiquities. Designers of restaurants and hotels must know this, because when they do a Spanish colonial-style establishment, they knock stucco off of the walls to make them look old. So where did they get the idea that this lent (at least the suggestion of) authenticity?[...]

Peonies In The Hidden City Garden

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Paeonia wittmanniana var. tomentosa

In this post, our colleague, Dutch landscape designer, Harry Pierik, shares artistic photos and talks about peonies from his personal garden, The Hidden City Garden. While the vanes of the dove tree, Davidia involucrata, are swaying on the branches in my Hidden City Garden, the first botanical peonies are starting to flourish. Peonies are perennials of[...]

Highlights of the NW Flower & Garden Show…Plus Shopping!

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Garden Design, Garden Musings, Garden Travels
Wet bouquet

I recently travelled to the second largest flower and garden show in the US, in Seattle, to give two presentations. Here’s what I enjoyed  most—a subjective collection, to be sure, and one dependent on the capabilities of my iPhone’s camera. Even so, 25 photos is more than double the number I usually show in a[...]