Before & After: A Camping Party

Life and preparing a magazine has preceded my regular posting here but I thought this was a perfect set of images to share.   We made over our back yard on Saturday afternoon from it’s normal simple serenity to something entirely different.

back garden before party

garden after party set up

Creating a temporary garden movie theater and transforming the place for a party was for the sake of a ninth birthday party campout celebration.  We  ate, we drank, we danced, we roasted smores, and slept out.   The movie part was amongst the easiest, being simple a digital projector, a sheet, a laptop and and a netflix account.

On a seperate note, the magazine is coming along and just as soon as I get that in order, get myself a bit more organized, and generally figure out how to do it all, I will be back here with at least some of my past regularity.

outdoor movie theater in the garden

garden party table

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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.


  1. Michele Pappas on September 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    These are so pretty! Hey what about our big girl sleepover??

  2. Johanna Pasinosky Murray on September 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Love it! I’m definitely using the idea. How are you guys?

  3. Studio 'g' on September 27, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Jen and I were discussing….lets’ chat…;)

  4. Michele Pappas on September 27, 2011 at 10:57 am


  5. erin on September 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    This is so much fun! I’m hoping to squeeze this same kind of party in before it gets too cold, but I’m running out of time rather quickly! Haha, I can see it not happening all because I can’t decide on a movie. . .so lame!

    What movie did you guys watch?

  6. Lorien on September 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Just stopping by to say how much I love your site. Thanks for all the inspiration – seriously. I added you to my blogroll if you don’t mind. I am curious and new to the landscape designer blog world and it’s been fun finding what gets me excited. Looking forward to following your blog! Cheers!

    • rochelle on September 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Lorien! Good Luck in the industry! R

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