Category: Gardening

  • A DIY Valentine’s Day

    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 might be up to the challenge, I thought I’d offer a few alternate suggestions for intrepid romeos looking for a DIY […]

  • Growing a front yard garden

    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 row house in Washington, DC for over a year, and I am still working on getting the front courtyard completed. Last […]

  • 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 of catalogs reflects the diversity of the garden, and delving into each is a journey through one grower’s curated collection. That […]

  • 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 near Dumbarton Oaks, and a walk through the grounds this time of year offers plenty of textured moments to enjoy.

  • 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 in landscape design. Stay tuned as we introduce more features!