Dining Out — In Your Own Backyard

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It was a perfect spring day here today — the kind of day that makes you want to spend all day outdoors luxuriating in the warm sun and soft breezes. Knowing that I should be inside cleaning the kitchen or vacuuming floors, instead I made myself a sandwich, grabbed a book I’ve been wanting to …

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Outdoor Living – Relaxing on the Patio

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When I was growing up, having a patio at your home usually meant that there was a square (or sometimes rectangular) slab of grey concrete protruding off the house in the backyard. In our neighborhood, patios were not terribly common and I can remember the consternation when my father not only had one installed, but …

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Why Just Landscape When You Can Rainscape?

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It has been pouring here, off and on, for the last week. We seem to have a river running down the middle of the street and matching tributaries by each curb. I’m sure that the sewer system is struggling to keep up with the onslaught. Having seen the applicator trucks throughout the neighborhood the last …

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The Best of the Best: Perennial Plants for Rain Gardens

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For the last few weeks we have had almost nonstop grey, rainy days. It’s been unpleasant weather (although nothing to compare to what both coasts have experienced!), but it has also had its benefits. We definitely needed the moisture; much of the state has been just one small step away from drought conditions for a …

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Landscape Architect or Designer — Which Do I Need?

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Once the end of February is on the horizon, I feel like spring is tantalizingly within reach. It is also my signal to take my wintertime garden dreams and turn them into realistic plans that I can actually achieve. Through the years however, I have learned that I usually need help in designing and installing …

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Conquering Critters in the Garden – Part 2: Deer

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When we lived at the lake, I was used to dealing with wildlife, especially deer. We had a home situated in the middle of their natural habitat so it only seemed fair that they shared in my garden bounty. (Of course the fact that my neighbor consistently set out salt licks didn’t help the situation …

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Turning Dreams to Reality through the Design Process: Concept to Completion

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In my last blog, I mentioned that one of my favorite winter activities is thinking about the upcoming spring. More specifically it is dreaming about all the amazing things I will do to completely change the look of my yard. I have visions of creating a landscaping masterpiece that contains every element I have ever …

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Turning Dreams to Reality through the Design Process: Developing a Conceptual Plan

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If you are like me, you are heading into a very dangerous gardening time. After a few weeks of grey skies, cold temperatures and intermittent snowfall, I am entering the “renovate the entire yard to create an outdoor masterpiece” phase. For the next few weeks, I will stand by my windows and visualize stone patios …

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Sustainable Landscapes — A Sense of Place and A Sense of Peace

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Growing up in the middle of a large Midwestern city, my connection with nature was little more than a few minutes in our highly manicured yard, an occasional visit to a city park or a stroll through our botanical garden for the Christmas display. My family simply did not see the need to spend much time …

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