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    What makes a landscape contemplative?

    It’s a bit strange to label a landscape as contemplative. We don’t tend to design for the garden itself to contemplate its place in the universe. (Don’t get me wrong. Plants may well spend…

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    Gardening 101

    Gardening has been part of our culture for millenia, and there’s always more to learn. This is the place to start if you’re new to gardening and want to learn how to start a…

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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 scraggly…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • 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…