Thoughts on How to Make an Attractive City

Thoughts on How to Make an Attractive City

I’ve been serving on a committee with my little town to try to sort out some design guidelines for our ‘commercial district’. If you’ve ever been to Harvard,MA you might ask yourself – what commercial district? And that is sort of the point. For generations this tiny town has had an area where business related…

Trend: Shelved Gardens

A couple of months back I was chatting with a new garden friend when she openly wondered what the next big garden trend will be.  I have to admit — while I look for design trends all the time…I hadn’t thought much about the big arcs of our collective garden specific tastes.  I think it is fair…

Colocasia ‘Mojito’

I was watching the weather all day Sunday as my wife and one of our daughters were heading down to Portland to watch a live performance of A Christmas Carol. The weather websites were predicting that here is coastal Maine, we could receive up to 6″ of snow over the next couple of days. This…

Weekend Things

Weekend Things

Please accept my apologies for being away yesterday.  The day was packed to the gills and getting online was ultimately not in the cards.  But, among other things, I think we have finally found a puppy — he is a couple weeks from arriving at our home, but this sweet picture gives a good idea…

Trend Spotting: Deconstructed Florals

Trend Spotting: Deconstructed Florals

Care for a little trend spotting first thing on a Monday Morning?  I’m noticing (what I’ll call) ‘deconstructed florals’  all over the place. Here is an example: To me it’s the floral mash-up of vertical gardening, meadow-like and wild landscaping and just plain (wonderful) messiness. Elements of the trend seem include (but are not exclusively):…

Trend Alert: Sun Block Printing

Trend Alert: Sun Block Printing

I am not sure how I feel about being old enough to see fashions and fads truly recycle themselves.  I remember my grandmother and mother saying to me “Thats not new….I remember when blah blah was the fashion back when I was….blah blah”.  Well, now I am saying it. When I was a kid, I…

Clever Idea: Wedding Registry for a Garden Makeover

I have heard of many interesting and off beat ideas for gift giving to newly-wed couples, but a garden makeover has not, until now, been one of them.  A company called Bottom Drawer in the UK has evolved a scheme by which couples can work through them and a local team of landscape professionals to…

The Succulent Trend

Have you ever heard of term Jump the Shark? (wikipedia defines: something (usually a tv show) has broadened beyond television – indicating the moment in its evolution when a brand, design, or creative effort moves beyond the essential qualities that initially defined its success, beyond relevance or recovery – in a moment characterized by absurdity.)…

Before & After: Cava’s Green Wall

Care to join me for a glass of wine? Isn’t this just the perfect looking place to hang out all summer? Cava is just up the road from me in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This cozy little wine and tapas bar got some serious garden treatment form Charles Hugo and his team.  Not only did they…

Stacked Log & Zen Pebble Wall

Do not get distracted by the beautiful console table.  Avert your eyes; focus on the wall behind it. Twisting something that may have become  little cliche into something fresh is design genius.  Stacked wood walls, while eternally attractive and rustic-ly beautiful are (as of right now) I think on the downward side of the trend…

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