Inspired By:  Ulf Nordfjell

Inspired By: Ulf Nordfjell

Along the coast of Maine as we are readying for Christmas, our outdoor cultivation has come to a screeching halt as the ground is covered by a foot and a half of snow. To add emphasis to this being the time of the shortest days of the year, a half inch of ice fell the…

Garden Gallery: Robert Tatin’s Home in Normandy France

Garden Gallery: Robert Tatin’s Home in Normandy France

I’m off this afternoon on a SouthernCalifornia adventure, but before I head out I have a something I have been meaning to share with you for a few weeks. It is the garden and outdoor museum created by artist Robert Tatin.   Located near Laval in Normandy, France, the place is open to visitors who…

Outdoor Art: INSA Gif-itti

Outdoor Art: INSA Gif-itti

Please accept my apologies if this might be a bit too much to look at on a monday morning.  The idea of this art is just too cool though. I’ve mentioned a few times that I think that Grafitti is a bit of a trend for gardens – certainly is to the natural backdrop for…

Renny Ramakers Got Me Thinking

This short video about design really got me thinking…about design, my garden, and just about everything I do.  I thought it particularly good for garden-makers. (p.s. the best parts are in the second half)

Inspired by: Stuart Frost’s Scorched Wood

Inspired by: Stuart Frost’s Scorched Wood

I seem to never fail to find so many works of Environmental Art to be supremely inspirational.   Stuart Frost has created a series of works across the globe with some in Albuquerque, NM, some Taipei and this one (above) in Denmark that are so exciting for a pattern lover like me. The works are created by…

Garden Designers Round Table: Design Heroes

Garden Designers Round Table: Design Heroes

Choosing a design hero is not something that comes easy to me , primarily because I can find something I love in most gardens and if someone has even a little bit of skill I can usually learn something from them (making them at least a little bit of a hero in my eyes). Nonetheless,…

Modern Masters: Piet Oudolf

Modern Masters: Piet Oudolf

I happened to notice today that Piet Oudolf’s website seems to have some new images since the last time I visited (for a good old fashioned drool-fest). His gardens have been photographed by some of the best garden photographers in the industry and I thoroughly enjoyed the inspiring visit….. take a look, these are my…

Inspired By: Marsh Arabs and Zaha Hadid

Inspired By: Marsh Arabs and Zaha Hadid

I am preparing an article about Zaha Hadid and her influence on landscape design for the trade publication Landscape (based in the Middle East) (if you don’t know of her, she is a celebrated modern deconstructionist architect that was born in Baghdad). In reading about her over the weekend, I learned that she claims her…

Morten Flyverbom

Morten Flyverbom

Art and design are funny things to observe. Are there ever really any completely new and original ideas?  I think probably not, but I’m really not sure.  I remember in design school an instructor saying that (as a designer) “you are only as good as your inspiration folder”, and that “to be a good designer…

Garden Gallery: An Idaho Haven

Garden Gallery: An Idaho Haven

There isn’t an Andy Goldsworthy work (or even an Andy Goldsworthy copy-cat work) in existence that I don’t adore.  There is something about bringing rustic and natural elements into these highly organized forms that endlessly appeals to me.  This sculpture is in a garden created by Randy Theume in Idaho.  The challenge was to blend…

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