The Rose Parade: A Look Back to One Year Ago Today

The Rose Parade: A Look Back to One Year Ago Today

I can hardly believe that one year ago today, I (with my family) sat on the streets of Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA and took in the spectacle that is the Rose Bowl Parade.   As the guest of the California Cut Flower Commission I had spent the previous two days meeting cut flower growers…

Top 5 Garden Travel Destinations

Top 5 Garden Travel Destinations

Are you traveling this month?  I hope so – we all need a break every once in a while. I’m giving August a theme this year (this is a new thing….what do you think about every month having a theme?).  The theme is traveling and I will have lots of posts related to garden visits,…

Post-Thanksgiving Catch-up

What the heck happened last week!?! I am in shock at the notion that it is officially the Christmas season…(as I look out my kitchen window over the pumpkins that never got carved into jack-o-lanterns). Last week lots of stuff happened.  Here is the quick rundown: I saw the pictures from the wildly successful Thanksgiving…

Moon Gardens – Ginkaku Style

Moon Gardens – Ginkaku Style

Tomorrow night’s full moon is rumored to be a Super Moon. (great article about this here) Which, got me all excited to share this garden with you.  The Ginkaku Moon garden is designed for moon viewing. If you have any interest in Japanese Gardens, you simply must read this. The Ginkaku garden was designed in…

Ninimalist Charm

Ninimalist Charm

Nini Andrade Silva is an award-winning designer for hotel interiors.  But she is so much more than just a designer. As she says: “I don’t have one job. I have a career. And it revolves around creation and creativity.”  Which is why, when she works in an area (she is based in Portugal but works…

Travelling: Celebritrees & Remarkable trees

Travelling: Celebritrees & Remarkable trees

I am putting the final touches on plans for my next travel adventure.  While this trip will be largely work driven (meeting people, visiting the shows, etc. etc.)  I am reminded of something that I wanted to share with you.   Travel by non-guide book is kinda great. When we plan a trip, especially to foreign…

Crenshaw Golf courses

Crenshaw Golf courses

Do you golf (or are close to someone that does)?   I read recently that golf courses are struggling….many finding the recession and increasing demands on our time to not be conductive to the sport.   The time thing I totally get, but I was completely surprised by the report of how much it costs to…

Pop-Up Hayseed

Pop-Up Hayseed

I am pleased to see the that the ‘pop-up store’ trend has trickled down the the garden community.  It makes sense in much the same way that ‘pop-up’ makes sense for Halloween stores and Holiday shops….but we don’t see it that often (at least I haven’t up here in New England).   Yes, seasonal is often…

Omori Japanese Street Flowers

Omori Japanese Street Flowers

When I travel, the wealth of small but remarkable ideas that passes before my eyes always pleases me.  Doing a little desktop travel to the village of Omori, Japan which is in the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site, I discovered a beautiful tradition that I would love to see in more places. The main street of…

Before & After: Driftwood Sculpture

Before & After: Driftwood Sculpture

I was pleased to see that a piece of driftwood that the owners of Classic Nursery and Landscape Company (in Woodinville, WA) owned made it’s way to being something really fantastic. Here it is before — being used as a garden ornament of sorts.  It’s ok…but I personally prefer the after. What do you think,…

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