Category Archives: Garden design

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Book Review and Giveaway: Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey 2014) by Canada-based blogger and garden writer Niki Jabbour is one of the best books for beginning (and experienced) food gardeners that I have seen in…

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Using the Color White in the Garden

One of the new plants on the “runway” during the 2014 Spring at the Inn event last week was a new magnolia from Bailey’s Nurseries in Newport. First Editions® Centennial…

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The Rule of Thirds in Garden Design

This past weekend, I was able to hear Northern Gardener columnist Eric Johnson talk about garden design and inexpensive, do-it-yourself projects that bring drama to the garden at a local…

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Book Review: Beautifully Sustainable

For many gardeners, the ideal yard is relaxing, beautiful, relatively low maintenance and good for the Earth. Douglas Owens-Pike has been creating this kind of sustainable landscape for 25 years…

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Garden Inspiration: Gertrude Jekyll’s Bulb Garden

What inspires your garden designs? The garden you grew up with? A garden you’ve visited in stories or real life? Mary Hockenberry Meyer, grass guru at the University of Minnesota,…

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Have You Tried Weedless Gardening?

One of the most popular talks at last week’s Northern Green Expo was on weedless gardening, given by author, scientist and occasional Northern Gardener contributor, Lee Reich. Lee wrote the…

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Why We Appreciate Chartreuse Plants

The gloomy spring that seems to finally be behind us really drove home why it’s important to plant trees, shrubs and perennials with foliage that is something other than plain…

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Garden Design: 7 Ways to Inspire Emotion

I blogged earlier this week about Julie Moir Messervy and her concept of the “big move” in garden design. During her talk at the Carver-Scott Master Gardeners’ Garden Fever Day,…