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Wow! It is August. How did that happen? I swear that Christmas was yesterday, or so it seems. I remember on the day I turned 21— which yes, was a long, long, time ago— someone told me that once you hit 21, time speeds up and you will be 40 before you know it. Boy, they were not kidding. Where did the time go? I’d better hurry out to the garden before it is Thanksgiving. I am sure you have all planted your veggies…right? I am off to late start (see previous paragraph). It is not that I don’t... more

YIPPEE!!! It is finally spring…finally! The daffodils and tulips are blooming, the grass is getting greener, the evenings are getting longer, and it is starting to get warmer. Although it has not been a particularly chilly winter, I am more than ready to run headlong into spring. I think what I am most excited about this spring is color. Color and lots of it! I really, really love color, especially orange, which is a bit ironic considering that I cannot bring myself to wear anything except black.... more

Agave in a Turkish field. We are so very lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest. I’m telling you this, as if you didn’t already know. We are even luckier to be gardening in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). The more I travel to different places and take note of their climate and available plant material, the more I realize how truly lucky we are. We can plant almost anything here. It’s kind of crazy. Even plants that you think, “No way, we can’t plant that here,” like olive trees, agave (my... more

When the days grow short and the blustery Winnie-the-Pooh weather sets in, it’s time to tuck in your garden beds, store the tools, take a few months’ break from your outside chores, and settle in for a cozy fall and winter. Now, it’s really no secret that I really love fall. Love is actually an incredible understatement. Even my most patient friends, employees, and husband are sick to death of me wandering around saying, “Can you believe the colors on those trees?” But as much as I adore... more

I love the idea of using repurposed and recycled materials in my interior projects, but I hate the idea of giving up great style. In my many trips to design markets and gift shows I have found some amazing recycled and repurposed products that are super stylish, easy on the eyes, and easy on the environment. I have managed to find pieces that are the true definition of green, no greenwashing here! One of the main benefits of eco-friendly furniture is that it means less material ends up in the landfill.... more

I was recently thinking about when I first started gardening, and I’m amazed at how much my garden and I have changed over time. When I bought my house, having a garden did not even occur to me… gardening was weeding for my mother in high school. Blech… not much to like about that. My style is so different now than when I first started out. I guess that is how it always goes, isn’t it? The types of garden spaces I am attracted to have changed drastically as well as the type of plants. When... more

We’ve been lucky to have such a mild winter. Things are raring to go in my garden and yours as well, I’m sure. The birds are singing, daffodils are blooming, and I’m digging around my garden like a wild woman. That being said, this month I’m talking about a new-ish trend in indoor plants. Not so new really, more like a resurgence of a trend from the 1970s. Isn’t it funny how everything just comes around full circle every 20 to 30 years? You would have to be living under a rock to not have... more

If you have read my column more than once, you are well aware that I am a total garden geek. A garden is an ever-changing performance art project. I love a good garden. I also love plants, and I love, love outdoor furniture, and adore how, when done right, it all comes together. So I guess having a career as a garden designer as well as an interior designer was a really obvious choice for me. How lucky am I to get to wallow around in the dirt and get paid for doing it! This morning I visited with... more

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