In The Garden With: Garden Porn

Michelle Derviss is one of those people that I look up to in this industry.  She has simply been there and done that, longer and better than most.  So I am excited to share her and her site Garden Porn and have her participate in this series. Michelle:

I have allergies towards certain plants and I’m deathly allergic to bee stings, yet I’m a gardener. Go figure, it must be the S+M in me.
Speaking of S+M,  I  fling snails over my fence into oncoming traffic.  It’s not very zen of me yet I derive great pleasure from it.  ( I will forever be banned from my sangha now )

I’m embarrassed to let  anyone in my pick up truck.  It smells like a cross between wet beach dog and an old bag of organic compost. That’s because there is usually a slightly damp dog and a odd bag of compost in the cab.  I’m immune to it, I don’t even smell it anymore much to my boyfriends disgust.

michelle derviss design APLD winner

Exhibition garden at the S.F. Garden Show 2008 – Best in Show , APLD award, Gold medal.

My Favorite things: Michelle Derviss

My landscape architectural  books are my most coveted thing followed by my colored pencils, clay and other art equipment.
I don’t have a television so entertaining myself with reading and art projects is paramount to my life.
When not working on a project I enjoy visiting places of inspiration in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sonoma and Napa Valley, which are all within a short drive from my home studio.
I love visiting Japan town, especially SoKo Hardware, which is the coolest hardware shop you’ll ever encounter outside of  Japan.
succulents

What do you do to find inspiration?

I look forward to visiting gardens with The Hortisexuals , a wild and whacky group of people who also have a penchant for viewing out of the ordinary gardens in the US and beyond.
I also adore the yearly  garden tour with the S.F. Bromeliad Club .

Best Garden or Design Advice Ever (Given or Received)?

From Roberto Burle Marx : “Make gardens works of Art”.

From Gary Koller, professor at The Arnold Arboretum and the GSD : “Garden maintenance can be your bread and butter within the horticulture industry”.


Visiting resort gardens in Bali with The Hortisexuals

From Unknown : “ If you are interested , you’ll do what is convenient, If you are committed you’ll do what ever it takes”.

My mantra : “ You cannot make a great garden without great clients”.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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4 Comments

  1. Susan aka Miss R on August 6, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Fantastic as always…particularly love the Burle Marx quote. I’m surprised Michelle hasn’t been on Studio G before this…

  2. Delphine on August 6, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Waoo, good advices !!
    Michelle is my garden guru and she makes me regret to live in Europe . I would like to know her better. She is also an artist. You have to see her creations on her blog.

  3. Michelle D. on August 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks Rochelle for the opportunity to be on your inspiring blog.
    I feel fortunate to be amongst the other very very talented sculptors, artisans and design craftspeople here at Studio G.
    Safe travels and adventurous exploring ,
    Michelle

  4. Denise on August 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Brava, Michelle. I saw your 2008 SF show exhibit and it was stunning. Photos can’t begin to do it justice.

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