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  • In Defense of Ferns

      I have heard ferns maligned in a surprising number of places lately, and I want to do my part to set the record straight. There seems to be a misconception that ferns are…

  • Does DIY = Sustainable?

    There’s a lot of romance to the idea of DIY. The rugged individualist is part of our national culture, part of how we see ourselves and our role in the universe. Not that everyone…

  • The Economics of Street Trees

    EcoGeek recently ran a post highlighting the correlation between income inequality and street tree inequality. The study in question was completed in 2007, and it’s certainly been true in my experience in cities that…

  • Screening versus Focusing

    A friend recently asked me to take a look at the backyard of their rented urban home and help them screen a series of unsightly pipes and wires on the house as well as…

  • A DIY Valentine’s Day

    I enjoyed reading Dealnews’ tongue-in-cheek take on ways to save money on Valentine’s Day bouquets. Since forcing roses into bloom in February is tricky and probably best left to those hardy plant lovers who…

  • Growing a front yard garden

    You might think that a landscape architect would always have a perfect garden, but that’s not the case. As with most gardeners, mine is a work in progress. I have lived in my rented…

  • The Romance of the Seed Catalog

    If you’re reading this, chances are you are enamored of plants, and for people like you and me, one of the great joys of January is the arrival of the seed catalogs. The variety…

  • Enjoying Winter

    Winter has its own kind of loveliness – spare, textured and soft. It lets us enjoy a garden for its structure, and when greenery happens, it jumps to the foreground. I’m lucky to live…

  • A new look for a new year

    We did it. RootStemLeaf is getting a new look, with several exciting features in the works. We’re starting with the blog and news from around the web, all focused on whats interesting and fresh…